Since his return in 2014, LeBron became the youngest player to score 30,000 career points and extended his streak to eight straight appearances in the NBA Finals.
However, despite the apparent mutual interest between Leonard and the Lakers, that doesn't mean the Spurs are necessarily interested in doing a deal and are, according to ESPN Deportes' Alvaro Martin, in no rush to deal Leonard before next season's trade deadline.
That help would most likely come in the form of Kawhi Leonard or Paul George - or, ideally, both - but there are some other possibilities, including Chris Paul, James's longtime friend. I'm the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP. The Cavaliers have also inquired about Leonard. "Our goal is to keep him as part of our program for a long time".
Of course, if LeBron wants to build a team to dethrone the Warriors, taking away their best player would be a good start.
One of the reasons the Cavs chose not to trade the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick that they acquired from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade is that they have no idea what LeBron is planning to do this summer.
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the top contenders to land San Antonio Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard in a trade this offseason, and the "pressure is mounting" for them to make that happen, according to an ESPN report. While signing with Los Angeles would not assure such a trip once again, they're absolutely in a better place this offseason than they were a year ago. Meanwhile, Brian Windhorst is reporting that LeBron will make his decision by July 4th, and USA Today is noting that the Houston Rockets are "all in" on LeBron James.
James already has two homes in Los Angeles, so there are plenty of non-basketball-related reasons to think that he may well decide to take his considerable talents there.