Report: Lakers will pursue Kawhi Leonard in free agency
The Los Angeles Lakers already landed arguably the biggest fish in the summer of 2019 in Anthony Davis, and now they will set their sights on free agency.
LeBron James has already reportedly been in contact with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler. And according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Lakers will in fact pursue Leonard in free agency:
To even have a shot at Walker—or any other pricey free agent—the Lakers will have to wait to officially complete this deal. If it were to go through before July 6, the Lakers wouldn’t be able to create the $32.7 million necessary to sign Walker or another max free agent, such as Kawhi Leonard, who league sources say the Lakers will pursue.
It would be curious for the Lakers to pursue Leonard over someone like Walker given that they have a more definite need on the perimeter, but it would simultaneously be hard to argue that they should not attempt to sign one of the best players in the world. Kawhi played like the best player in the world for most of the playoffs, and a trio of Leonard, LeBron and Davis would be ridiculous.
The Lakers aren’t currently expected to have the necessary cap space to offer Leonard a full max, but things can change. And while most rumors say Leonard will go to the Los Angeles Clippers if he leaves the Raptors, perhaps he gets intrigued by playing with LeBron and AD.