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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: Rodney Hood Accepts Cavaliers’ Qualifying Offer

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Rodney Hood ended his restricted free agency by accepting the Cavaliers’ $3.4 million qualifying offer and placing a bet on himself for a big season this year.

He informed the Cavs of his decision today, sources told cleveland.com.

Hood, 25, a gifted, 6-8 forward, will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. He left a multiyear deal from the Cavs worth about $7 million per season on the table by accepting their qualifying offer.

Sources said Hood was seeking a contract for more than $9 million per season from the Cavs. For comparison, the Celtics signed restricted free agent Marcus Smart to a four-year, $52 million deal this summer, and the Bulls matched the four-year $78 million offer sheet Zach LaVine signed with the Kings.

Source: Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Spurs, Quincy Pondexter Agree to Deal

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Free agent wing Quincy Pondexter has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Ty Lawson, Tyrone Wallace Workout for Pelicans

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Ty Lawson and Tyrone Wallace worked out for the New Orleans Pelicans this week, according to sources.

Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter

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