Less than 24 hours later, National Basketball Association reporter Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com said LeBron informed the Cavaliers he will not exercise his $35.6 million option, becoming an unrestricted free agent. Though the Spurs remains optimistic that he will sign the massive contract extension, it is highly unlikely that they will hold Leonard for long, especially after the disgruntled superstar expressed his desire to be traded somewhere else.
Last month, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor quoted multiple National Basketball Association executives as saying San Antonio would not settle for anything less than a "grand-slam" offer for Leonard.
Don't expect the Spurs to panic trade Leonard like the Cavaliers did with Kyrie Irving. Leonard is still under contract for another season, but the Spurs, if indeed moving forward with the trade, would benefit most if Leonard was traded sooner rather than later. That incentives the Lakers even further - in a way that doesn't apply to Philadelphia - to trade for him.
Uruguay concern over Edinson Cavani injury after Portugal win
Next up for the underdogs is France and if they can snatch the first goal, their defence could see them through to the final four. However, Cavani struck a well-placed shot in the 62nd minute to ensure that Portugal moves on to the quarter finals.
- Paul George 50-50 on LA move? 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. While he may re-sign with them anyway, there's really no reason to other than money.
The Lakers are hoping to return to their glory days by building a potential super team via one of the strongest free agent offerings in years.
As the chatter about James' grew to a fever pitch this week, the four-time NBA MVP and three-time league champion retreated to the Caribbean island of Anguilla for a family vacation.
Leonard's camp has made it known that he wants to be in Los Angeles, but he could be persuaded to stay in a larger market like Boston or Philadelphia. On top of that, Leonard is coming off a quad injury that forced him to miss 73 games last season.