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Sports Report: LeBron not pressuring Lakers to acquire 2nd star

15:15  06 july  2018
15:15  06 july  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Report: LeBron didn't text Durant, isn't waiting on Kawhi trade to Lakers

  Report: LeBron didn't text Durant, isn't waiting on Kawhi trade to Lakers NBA crazy season is here. LeBron James did not text Kevin Durant about joining the Los Angeles Lakers together, and his level of interest won't be influenced by L.A.'s ability to land Kawhi Leonard, sources close to the Cavaliers superstar told Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon.

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LeBron James signed a four-year deal because he wanted to give the Los Angeles Lakers some time to build their team.

As such, James isn't pressuring the Lakers to immediately attract a second star, league sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

That sentiment echoes an earlier report that revealed James had approved of the Lakers' head-scratching free-agent signings this summer, in which Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka rushed to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo.

The Lakers are still pursuing a trade for Kawhi Leonard, but they have not caved to San Antonio's ludicrous demand that reportedly includes Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, two first-round picks, and the right to swap picks in two upcoming drafts. Such a move would deplete the Lakers of their assets and their depth, which will only hurt James in the long run.

Kawhi Leonard reaches out to LeBron James

  Kawhi Leonard reaches out to LeBron James Forget about textgate, the very original name I’m now using to describe LeBron James reportedly reaching out to Kevin Durant to play in Los Angeles together. In fact, the King is denying that report entirely. Therefore we’re moving on. While the Lakers continue trying to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs, something’s come up. Per Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports, Leonard has reached out to the king himself.“…Leonard has reached out to LeBron James, informing the 33-year-old superstar that he wants to play alongside him, a source told Yahoo Sports.

James, as Lowe writes, understands that the 2019 free agency class is loaded. Not only could Leonard simply sign with the Lakers, but there's also Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and a handful of other stars who could be had. With that in mind, Los Angeles wisely preserved most of its cap flexibility by signing everyone but James to one-year deals.

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It's official: Lakers announce 'historic' signing of LeBron James .
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