The 76ers prepare a trade package for Kawhi Leonard

Shaquille O'Neal with his kids at the

Shaquille O'Neal with his kids at the"Uncle Drew premiere in New York

LeBron James has until the end of June 29th to exercise his opt-in for the 18-19 season and in the interiim, there have been reports of James communicating with Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Paul George.

Regardless of who may or may not join James in free agency, OddsShark reported last week that the Lakers are heavily favored to sign him at 4-13, while the Cavs are second at 13-4. The former team is San Antonio's oldest and most hated rival in the league, and the latter team has no assets that appeal to the Spurs. And while it would be unfortunate to have to give up the beloved, gritty Saric, you need to make some sacrifices if you want to land stars.

But the Lakers have Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball (who'd probably have to be conveyed to a third team) to forma package.

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San Antonio has until the February 2019 trade deadline to come up with a deal or risk losing Kawhi for nothing when he becomes a free agent next summer. However, the Lakers don't have the same trade chips as the Celtics and are also a conference rival for San Antonio. Far from it - he will be one of many top-flight picks that simply need time to develop over the next several years. The team has Dejounte Murray and signed Patty Mills to a new four-year deal in 2017 that runs through 2020-21. It doesn't necessarily guarantee that he is staying with the Cavs, but I think it's a really good sign that he will.

Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that Leonard reached out to James about playing together as well.

Leonard requested a trade from San Antonio earlier this month, but the Spurs were initially hesitant to deal their star forward, hoping that they could eventually mend their fractured relationship.

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Also, depending on what moves the Lakers make, it's very possible that Brook Lopez (UFA), Julius Randle (RFA) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (UFA) will also be gone.

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