As free agency approaches and fans storm the gates of Staples Center in protest, LeBron James is trying to organize an uprising from behind the scenes.
According to ESPN's Stephen A Smith, LeBron James has been trying to woo Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers.
“LeBron James has quietly been about the business of trying to get Kawhi Leonard to come to the Los Angeles Lakers instead of the Los Angeles Clippers,” Smith said. “So making a move like this, by not bringing in the coach that he wants, not securing that the coach that he wants in Los Angeles is his guy, you never know what dominoes are going to fall right now.”
The 27-year-old is playing out the final days of his contract in Toronto and will become an unrestricted free agent this July. These playoffs have only electrified the hype for someone who was already amongst the Top 5 greatest players in the game. This postseason, he has taken over completely, and many are questioning whether he has overtaken LeBron James as the no. 1 player in basketball.
As for the summer, we know only one thing: he wants to be in L.A. While Toronto reportedly has a chance to keep him, his love and desire to play in Los Angeles has been a story since before he was traded from San Antonio. Because a guy like Leonard wouldn't want to play second-fiddle, and the Clippers appear in a much better state, most are hesitant to say he'll be signing with the Lakers.
But if LeBron is whispering in his ear, who's to say he couldn't change his mind? LeBron will have to defer to Leonard, and he will have to convince Kawhi that Jeanie Buss and the brains in the office are not nearly as bad as they seem -- but given the circumstances, James would likely do just about anything to get The Klaw to Laker land.