Lakers fans go wild after LeBron James announcement

Kawhi Leonard

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics might be the best remaining trade option for the Spurs should San Antonio move All-Star Kawhi Leonard. If Rondo comes up short in that regard, though, he is positively Curry-esque compared to Stephenson, who owns a gruesome 30.3 career shooting percentage from three-point range, including just 28.9 on 232 attempts last season.

McGee, 30, was a reserve on the Golden State Warriors' NBA championship teams the past two seasons. Or, Rondo could start and Ball could perhaps be more effective running the second unit off the bench. But players can not sign contracts and teams may not comment until 12 p.m. on Friday.

For the first time in four years, Cleveland has to get used to life without LeBron and the fact his departure might have been on the cards for some time does not make it any easier.

Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists during 2016-17, his most recent healthy season.

Although it was mostly Lakers revelry Sunday night, a handful of Cavaliers stood on the perimeter - "This is a funeral, " one bemoaned - and Drake Heidepriem was among those caught in the middle.

The Spurs Should Not Trade Kawhi to the Lakers
But one star player apparently got an early start. "Understanding, especially, where my boys are at this point in their age". ESPN reported late Wednesday that the Lakers and Spurs had re-opened trade talks, including a key detail.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract.

Wojnarowski also reported that swingman Tyreke Evans is close to a contract with the Indiana Pacers.

However, just because the Sixers came up short in the sweepstakes to land James doesn't mean they should be feeling down about the situation. However, there should be concern that at age 33, James will compete against an absurdly deep Western Conference and a Warriors team that seems to be more stacked with talent than ever before. The Raptors had the best record in the East this past season and are bringing back their core with the one thing that consistently stood in their way - James - now out of the picture. It is especially concerning that the Lakers couldn't convince Paul George to meet with them before deciding to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

To win another championship, LeBron will have to overcome some challenges.

Preorders for new Lakers LeBron James jerseys were robust enough on Sunday night to give retailer Fanatics one of its top 10 sales days in terms of National Basketball Association gear sold, a spokesman for the company told ESPN.

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