Regardless of what happens from here, it's clear that the Lakers will have to make a move within the next couple of days if they don't want to risk going 0/3 on superstars this offseason.
James is reportedly "hesitant" to be the first to commit to the Lakers once the National Basketball Association free agency dominoes begin, but having Leonard on board could make his decision easier.
The Celtics have reportedly made another offer for Kawhi Leonard. There have since been conflicting reports on whether San Antonio would be willing to deal with Los Angeles. According to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports, San Antonio does not want to trade Leonard within the Western Conference.
Wednesday's news comes on the tails of an ESPN report that "pressure is mounting" for the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire Leonard, who can become a free agent after next season and would like to be traded now, preferably to the Lakers.
ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk reports that L.A. resident Jacob Emrani has paid for over 40 (!) billboards to go up around the city pleading for George to take his talents to the Lakers.
Following the conclusion of the NBA Draft last week, Cleveland general manager Koby Altman said the Cavs have had "good dialogue" with James' management team. Ingram posted the same scoring average as a 20-year-old, and he might have more upside than anyone on the Lakers' roster.
The possibility of the Spurs looking at an Aldridge trade to follow a Kawhi deal was first raised on Bill Simmons' podcast this week, with guest Kevin O'Connor. He put up averages of 10.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game as a rookie.
San Antonio has been checking the marketplace to see what kind of return it could get on Leonard, but it's hard to see things working out with the Celtics under the current circumstances of the All-Star forward's health and future plans.
The risk and price tag in acquiring San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard may be too rich for the Celtics this offseason, but the Celtics still can not just sit idle and watch Leonard land with a team like the 76ers. That's not how Gregg Popovich rolls.