Kawhi Leonard Reaches Out to LeBron James About Playing Together

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He holds averages of 26.5 points and 11.7 rebounds over the past three years, and was named an All-Star for the fourth time last season before his injury.

The news comes less than 48 hours after reports said Cousins planned to meet with New Orleans Pelicans, his old team, and the Los Angeles Lakers, for whom the big man had been considered a likely target after they missed out on Paul George. He should hit 2019 free agency with better health after a deep postseason run, ready to seek a lucrative long-term contract in an environment where more teams will have greater spending power. Sports book BetmyBookie wildly overreacted to LeBron James agreeing to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and briefly made the Lakers the favorites to win the title early Monday. That's not exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers want to hear, considering the two teams have hopes of acquiring the superstar before LeBron James makes a decision about his future. That could all come to a head by the playoffs when the Wild Wild Western Conference kicks into high gear.

He has struck friendships with Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green with the US Olympic team. If the Lakers do not trade for Kawhi Leonard, LeBron will be going home in the first round this upcoming season.

In most National Basketball Association trade rumors linking Kawhi Leonard to Los Angeles, the Lakers are expected to offer a trade package including at least one of Brandon Ingram or Kyle Kuzma.

ESPN Sources: DeMarcus Cousins had narrowed his choices down to Golden State and Boston.

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.

James is back on vacation while the Lakers are busy building a roster around him.

After hanging up the call, Cousins looked into the camera, formed the letter "W" with his hand and said, "I'm a Warrior", before the screen goes dark. Plus, the deal is only for one year, so he can be a free agent while healthy and therefore earn more money. Calderon signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of about $2.4 million.