LeBron turned down Cavs' requests to meet about trades, free agency

Kawhi Leonard

In a report detailing the pressure the Lakers are feeling to add a star like Kawhi Leonard to entice James to join them, ESPN slid in some details about his return to Cleveland.

On Tuesday, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson laughed off the idea of being anxious about the pressure to bring superstars to Los Angeles, citing the number of NBA Finals he played in. James has until Friday at 11:59 ET to decline his player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers to become an unrestricted free agent. USA Today's Sam Amick cited two sources that noted there is no friction between the player and the organization.

After yesterday's announcement that the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs were back talking about the potential trade of Kawhi Leonard, many believed it was a lock that LeBron James would be joining him on the Lakers. When healthy, Leonard has proven to be one of the league's top players, and always seems capable of being in the conversation for the MVP award, which is why it really isn't a surprise to see all these teams expressing interest.

The Lakers have enticing, young pieces but are caught between the realistic possibility of acquiring Leonard as a free agent next summer and guaranteeing his presence for 2018-19.

However, if James and George say no to the purple and gold, it may not be an entirely bad idea for the Lakers to take a flyer on Cousins.

Cam also discusses how the Cleveland Cavs are reportedly the favorite to have LeBron James next season.

"I'm Magic Johnson, I'm still the same dude", Johnson said.

Despite being 33 years old and in his 15th National Basketball Association season, James played in all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.4 steals over 36.9 minutes per contest.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant believes his path was more hard than that of Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James. James' shooting percentage from three-point range was the third-best single-season mark of his career.

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