LeBron James' free agency may now hinge on Lakers' Kawhi Leonard trade

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But the expectation is the Lakers, who have plenty of spending room under the National Basketball Association salary cap, will make a run at James and George and offer draft picks and players to San Antonio for Leonard.

George was generally the superstar attached to LeBron for a potential Lakers tandem, but when Leonard requested out of San Antonio, his name was thrown squarely into the mix.

The Cavaliers can offer James the most money under National Basketball Association rules, a five-year deal worth $209 million, and he could also sign a short-term deal. While Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers, early talks between the franchise and the Spurs have not got off to a promising start.

Here's what a trade for Kawhi could look like for the Spurs and 76ers, according to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.

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ESPN reports that the Lakers are said to be assembling an overwhelming offer for Leonard, an attempt to not only land him but also have enough cap space to sign LeBron. In the first story that the trio broke on Wednesday there were far more assets mentioned on the Lakers side.

But the Lakers have Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball (who'd probably have to be conveyed to a third team) to forma package.

"This will be about more than just this summer's transaction".

The challenge to woo the Spurs into shipping Leonard to L.A., however, is daunting.

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The San Antonio Spurs are in the midst of making some tough decisions.

I was curious as to what lengths Lakers fans would be willing to take to get Kawhi in a trade, so I made a Twitter poll.

The most recent report surrounding Leonard and his camp was that he reached out to National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James in an effort to play alongside him. But if this is truly what drove him past the point of no return, the Spurs have to be furious.

Even without Leonard, the Lakers are already favored for LeBron (though the chances of acquiring Leonard are baked into the LeBron odds).

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James has until Friday to opt out of his contract with the Cavs but is expected to become the most coveted player on the market when free agency opens Sunday at midnight ET.

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