Sound familiar? This is, to a tee, the same situation Kawhi Leonard is in now.
There's a race to secure Leonard before James is faced with deciding whether to become a free agent on Friday, especially with concern that Oklahoma City's Paul George is no longer assured of signing with the Lakers, league sources said.
When he requested for a trade, Leonard said that his preferred destination is the Los Angeles Lakers.
Don't expect the Spurs to panic trade Leonard like the Cavaliers did with Kyrie Irving. While the Spurs don't want to part ways with Leonard, an overwhelming offer could force their hand, according to the report. That incentives the Lakers even further - in a way that doesn't apply to Philadelphia - to trade for him.
One year ago, Paul George was telling friends he planned on going to the Lakers in 2018. His addition was initially believed to be contingent on the Lakers signing other top-flight free agents in order to create a so-called super team to challenge the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors. Because of this, many free agents will be forced to sign for less than they anticipated. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP has demanded to be traded.
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.
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots a free throw during the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. In the reports listed at the top, they mention that LeBron is hesitant to be the first star to move in free agency, while also wanting to make his decision quickly.