No matter what pressure you management puts on Lakers the Spurs have no incentive to push a trade to get Kawhi there without getting a King's ransom which would defeat the purpose of getting a player like him imo
If Spurs can acquire Ingram, Kuza, and 2 1st round picks i'm sure they be all over that but they have no need to deal with the Lakers if they really don't want to
If I'm the Spurs I am not helping the Lakers create another unbeatable super team out west unless it's a truly insane offer. Depending on the timeline, if George opts to stay in OKC the Lakers may throw in the kitchen sink to get Kawhi and then it'd be pretty tempting for the Spurs. LeBron isn't going there unless they have another elite player and if I'm the Lakers, I'm not rolling the dice on waiting till Kawhi is a free agent since that was the plan with George.
The Lakers fired the last guy who panicked when he couldn’t sign any top free agents. I don’t see Magic making that same mistake, especially since they’re still feeling the after effects from that (Deng).
Tristian is an expiring contract and has value due to that and having a good playoff performance
They can use the stretch provision on JR in September which would cost them like $4-5 million a year for the next few seasons
I don't think any gm is that stupid to take Tristan...maybe Vlade.
Don’t confuse Thompson personal life and basketball career. He has value in the league as a sixth man or fringe starter who brings energy and with his expiring contract that opens even more doors for teams looking to get cap for next year assuming