Lakers' plan unfolding: Want Kawhi as LeBron sweetener

The Boston Celtics have been linked with trading for Kawhi Leonard

ESPN reported the Cavs would love to find ways to add either Paul George or Chris Paul to entice James to stay, but such scenarios are hard due to their lack of salary cap space and trade assets.

This report also coincides with the latest from Wojnarowski, Shelburne and Windhorst, as they reported that the Spurs recently "shut the door" on the Lakers in a recent negotiation.

Paul George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason by the Indiana Pacers.

Indeed, the Eastern Conference side have only reached the NBA Finals on one occasion, losing to LA Lakers in 2000.

Making things even trickier is that James wants to make a quick decision about where he's headed next once free agency begins on July 1, per ESPN.

"I'm hearing that Kawhi Leonard isn't that enamored with the thought of coming to L.A. with LeBron", said Stephen A. Smith.

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However, judging by their comments before and after Irving demanded a trade out of Cleveland, it appears as though both men have respect for one another.

Once free agency starts, keep checking back to see where the top players have signed.

James and George would be an ideal match for each other if they were to sign with the same team. George may not be the best perimeter defender in the game, but he is more than capable of slowing down players like Kevin Durant.

Lakers drafted Julius Randle with their 7th pick in the 2014 draft and were adamant he would be a huge part of their future with his breakout season averaging 16.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while only playing 26 minutes, sharing minutes with Kuzma.

Should James make the switch to the Pacers, and there's no guarantee Indiana's chiefs are after the small forward, he would be joining a team without an NBA Championship.

James already has two homes in Los Angeles, so there are plenty of non-basketball-related reasons to think that he may well decide to take his considerable talents there.

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