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Report: Cavs Will Attempt To Trade For This Star To Keep LeBron

LeBron James looking over his right shoulder.

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on January 13, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LeBron James is probably a couple of weeks away from making his free agency decision. NBA free agency officially begins on July 1 and the Cleveland Cavaliers star will likely take his time deciding on his future.

In the meantime, you can count on Cleveland attempting to do several things to make James more likely to stay put. One of those things: trading for Kawhi Leonard.

The San Antonio Spurs' star reportedly wants out and while Los Angeles is his preferred destination, Cleveland is attempting to get in on him, too.

The Cavs, according to, have made contact with the Spurs about a potential trade.


The Cavs are one of several teams making calls to San Antonio about Kawhi Leonard. It's hard to see how they can work a deal for Leonard, who has only one year left on his contract. Reports are he wants to play for the Lakers.


Any deal with the Spurs for Leonard would mean trading draft picks and younger players.

Kevin Love has a $24 million deal for 2018-19 and a $25 million player option for 2019-20. That could make him attractive in a trade. But I'm not sure a Leonard/Love deal would have much interest to the Spurs, who would want multiple assets.

If Cleveland is offering San Antonio multiple future unprotected first-round picks, the Spurs might be wise to take it. If LeBron leaves this summer and then Leonard leaves next summer, the Cavs will almost surely be one of the league's worst teams. Those future first-round picks could end up being of the No. 1/No. 2/No. 3 overall type.

The Cavs, though, are one of several teams in on Leonard. Philadelphia, Boston and both of Los Angeles' teams, among others, are reportedly interested in making a trade.

Stay tuned.