LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard are likely to be 1 and 1-A when it comes to names being discussed across the NBA landscape this summer.
Could they actually be linked?
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, that could indeed be the case.
James has a $35.6 million player option with the Cavaliers, one which he is expected to decline and become an unrestricted free agent.
Leonard is eligible for a five-year superman deal with the Spurs. If he and the team cannot come to an agreement, San Antonio could entertain trade offers for him.
“What happens to Kawhi Leonard, is a link to what happens to LeBron,” said Windhorst said on ESPN’s SportsNation.
“Where Kawhi ends up this season, will have a direct impact on where LeBron ends up even if they don’t play together. They will be linked in where their futures will be.”
Windhorst said the Lakers could reach out to the Spurs on a trade offer for Leonard.
Windhorst also mentioned that James has the ability to complete an opt-in-and-trade similar to what Chris Paul did with the Clippers to get to the Rockets.
When James left Cleveland for Miami in the summer of 2010, he was actually part of a sign-and-trade deal.