We're back to talk even more offseason news. Namely, the Bulls and Spurs aren't messing around.
One of the most interesting stories of the offseason is that Kawhi Leonard reportedly no longer wants to play for the Spurs and has demanded a trade. One of the emerging narratives around this is that the Lakers have strong negotiating leverage in any potential trade talks for Leonard, but here I argue that it is in fact the Spurs who have all the leverage.
It's widely believed that the Lakers don't feel pressured to get a trade done right now for two reasons. First, LeBron James' signing has already made them relevant even if they don't get Kawhi. Secondly, they will have enough cap space in 2019 that they feel as though they can simply wait a year and sign him outright. The Spurs, on the other hand, appear to be under the gun because if they don't trade Kawhi now, he may refuse to play for them, and they will lose him in a year "for nothing" in free agency.
The fact that the NBA Finals have been a repeat going on four years now, and that the Warriors "rule" the NBA, a classic myth has emerged. The lack of parity in the NBA could ruin the sport! Of course, the NBA has never been fair. But what's more, the issue isn't superteams, or "lack of parity", it's a broken playoff system!
We're back to discuss the NBA offseason. This last week saw LeBron to the Lakers and DeMarcus Cousins to the Warriors. So, all in all, pretty boring.
The LeBron James offseason has begun! The Lakers get another Hall of Famer via free agency, and all is right in the NBA once again. As I've said countless times, LeBron James is already the greatest NBA player ever, and at this point he's just running up the score. With that said, there's one NBA record I once thought insurmountable I think LeBron may be trying to tackle: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's career points!