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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Lakers Reopen Talks With Spurs On Kawhi Leonard

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The Los Angeles Lakers re-engaged the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday in pursuit of a trade for All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, league sources told ESPN.

The stakes on these talks are enormous because the teams believe a deal for Leonard would likely clinch a free-agent commitment out of LeBron James to the Lakers. James has until late Friday night to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Spurs have wanted to find a way to repair the franchise’s relationship with Leonard, but an overwhelming Lakers offer could convince San Antonio to part with its franchise star, league sources said.

The Lakers are using the Paul George and Kyrie Irving trades as proportional models for a Leonard deal, but San Antonio understands that this trade, for all intents and purposes, means both Leonard and James would come to the Lakers; and it will likely command a massive package of young players and draft picks for Leonard, a two-time All-NBA first-teamer and a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Source: Ramona Shelbourne, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst of ESPN

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Celtics, Marcus Smart Engaged in Serious Contract Talks

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Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Happy Walters, the agent for restricted free agent guard Marcus Smart, are now seriously engaged in contract talks, league sources tell ESPN. Potential deal range is in the four-year, $46M-$50M range, sources tell ESPN. Talks ongoing.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Kings, Nemanja Bjelica to Discuss Potential Deal

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Forward Nemanja Bjelica and the Kings plan to begin discussing potential deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Bjelica represents a shooter on the wing/frontcourt, and a long-term fit makes sense.


Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Kings, Grizzlies Finalizing Garrett Temple Trade

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Sacramento is finalizing a trade to send forward Garrett Temple to Memphis for Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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