But the Spurs' asking price is reportedly astronomical: Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, two first-round picks, and two pick swaps. Magic Johnson also went out and signed veteran free agents Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo to bolster the roster.
James has agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $154 million to join the Lakers, who have not made the National Basketball Association playoffs for five straight years.
However, according to Yahoo NBA insider Shams Charania, the presence of LeBron James may actually hinder the Lakers' chances of landing Leonard. Though with James joining the team this week, the Lakers' starting lineup is going to look completely different next season. They may be done making moves and a trade for Leonard doesn't seem likely, but Ball might just be right about the future of James and Lonzo in Los Angeles. Paul George reportedly made it known previous year that he planned on joining the Lakers this summer, so the Indiana Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"One thing that's been made abundantly clear".
With that said, it's interesting that the Sixers are mentioned as a potential destination - and they might make the most sense, both on and off the court.
Four-time All-Star Rondo, a 32-year-old point guard, who has made stops in Boston, Dallas, Sacramento and Chicago, averaged 8.3 points, 8.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds a game last season for New Orleans. "Cleveland" is boldly displayed on the back of his jersey.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, it's incredibly unlikely that Cleveland would have been able to add enough talent to beat the Warriors, and no matter what they did, James could very well have left after the season.
Miocic was recently asked for his thoughts on James' departure and whether or not he was taking the news as sourly as his fellow Cleveland natives.