Los Angeles Lakers under pressure to pull off Kawhi Leonard trade

Kawhi Leonard is still angry with the Spurs over their treatment of his injury

Kawhi Leonard is still angry with the Spurs over their treatment of his injury

The Lakers are trying to pry Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs in order to attract LeBron James and maybe Paul George. The Celtics previously reached out to the Spurs about Leonard before February's trade deadline, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has previously reported.

Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson recently told reporters he would step down if the team couldn't land any star players over the next two summers, and that type of pressure may force the franchise to go all-in on a deal to make it happen. George ironically was in a similar position as Leonard - entering the final year of his contract and openly telling teams his preference was to be traded to the Lakers.

The 26-year-old requested that the Spurs trade him, with Leonard open to joining the Lakers or Clippers.

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets in the first quarter in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston.

He's been discussed somewhat as a potential target for the Lakers the last few years, albeit not almost as much as Lebron or Paul George.

Iceland up against complacent Croatia
Iceland have the chance to knock Messi out of the World cup and join Croatia in the last 16 if they can win. Argentina must win and that probably explains why Sampaoli's lineup is so attacking.

The other concern with Cousins has been his attitude.

It's him every year, though, in that regard. Both players have been rumored to be interested in leaving their current teams, while there have also been reports that they are strongly considering staying with those teams.

However, the Lakers likely can't wait until 2019 to acquire both Leonard and James, although that's not out of the question, and they might not even be able to wait until the weekend to ramp up trade negotiations with San Antonio. Butler had two when he was dealt about a week prior to George. This would accomplish two things - first, it could give Cousins an incentive to work harder than ever and be on his best behavior.

Leonard, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, missed all but nine games last season due to a quad injury.

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