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Lakers reach out to Kawhi Leonard, who has talked to Magic Johnson

Lakers reach out to Kawhi Leonard, who has talked to Magic Johnson

Lakers reach out to Kawhi Leonard, who has talked to Magic Johnson
Lakers reach out to Kawhi Leonard, who has talked to Magic Johnson

Groups around the NBA started rounding out their lists Sunday as free office opened at 3 p.m. PDT, however the Lakers paused.

With a shot at Kawhi Leonard, the most pined with the expectation of complimentary operator available and one of only a handful couple of marquee players left, their whole arrangement for this mid year depends on his choice. They can't move until he does, and Leonard did not meet with any groups Sunday.

Enchantment Johnson talked with Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Roberston, on Sunday, Johnson disclosed to The Times. As indicated by individuals acquainted with the talk, they had a positive discussion about the course of the Lakers.

The NBA won't permit Johnson, who surrendered April 9 as group leader of ball activities, to work as a Lakers agent, yet his point of view matters to Leonard.

Lakers general chief Rob Pelinka reached out to Leonard's camp in an official limit after the window opened for groups to speak with players' agents.

While Leonard's camp had at first mentioned that solitary Lakers controlling proprietor Jeanie Buss be available from the group's front office, they have considered growing the gathering to incorporate Pelinka, as per individuals with learning of the circumstance.

Leonard is coming off a season in which he led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship and was named Finals MVP.



The Raptors traded for Leonard last summer after the Lakers made an effort to do the same with the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers ultimately found the price too steep, especially after learning that LeBron James’ arrival wasn’t contingent on acquiring another star.

Leonard has establishes in Southern California. He experienced childhood in Moreno Valley and went to secondary school in Riverside before playing two periods of school ball at San Diego State.

Lakers set to open summer league play at California Classic in Sacramento
Lakers set to open summer league play at California
Classic in Sacramento
He has communicated a craving in the past to come back to Southern California with either the Lakers or the Clippers. The Raptors have likewise established a solid connection upon him during his season there and he told the dominant heroes he would give them his last gathering.

All through his profession, Leonard has assembled a notoriety for being a line executioner. His first title came in 2014 when he drove the Spurs to a title over James' Miami Heat in the last season he played with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. This past season Leonard drove the Raptors over the Golden State Warriors, keeping them from getting to be three-peat champions too.

Leonard, a three-time All-Star and All-NBA entertainer, is the just one of a yield of players sure to procure a greatest contract left available with Kevin Durant (Brooklyn), Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn), Kemba Walker (Boston), Jimmy Butler (Miami) and Klay Thompson (Golden State) all achieving understandings Sunday.

While other players made their decisions quickly, Leonard is still gathering information. The Lakers, Clippers and Raptors are all in consideration for his services.

D'Angelo Russell, who was one of the Lakers' top choices in the event that they couldn't sign Leonard, seems made a beeline for Golden State through a sign-and-exchange accord with Brooklyn, as indicated by an individual acquainted with the circumstance. The Lakers had reached Russell's agents yet never booked a gathering. Through this arrangement, Russell will be given his full most extreme compensation, which is $117 million more than four years. The Lakers were not intending to give him a most extreme contract.

The Lakers also had interest in Patrick Beverley, but he reportedly agreed to remain with the Clippers.

Groups can just achieve concurrence with players this week; new arrangements can be marked when the NBA's business ban is lifted at 3 p.m. PDT Saturday

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