In Los Angeles, James will not only be in better position to pursue his business interests and send his son to a basketball powerhouse high school, he will be able to play a role in creating a powerhouse of his own over the next few years.
Caldwell-Pope, 25, will head into his second season with the Lakers after finishing a one-year, $18 million deal. "He has privately maintained that he no longer wants to play in San Antonio and will eventually alert rival teams considering trades for him that his intention is to sign in Los Angeles when he can become a free agent in 2019, league sources said".
It's a tricky spot for the Lakers.
Whether Philly has the assets to acquire Leonard is up for debate. All signs point to James going to the Lakers and while some reasons people think that are incredibly ludicrous, the Lakers is the likely destination.
Zayas emphasizes how Lonzo, as a non-ball-dominant playmaker, would benefit from James by getting to work more as a screener, cutter and lob-catcher and less as a pick-and-roll guard-a role in which he often struggled as a rookie.
Lakers president Magic Johnson recently gave a confident statement about the Lakers' offseason, saying if things don't go their way this summer, they will move onto next summer to go after free agents.
On the other hand, there's a danger in not striking while the iron is hot. Also, with LeBron James on free agency, Lakers must be in a rush to get Kawhi before James's decision.
Would the Spurs take the risk and let Leonard stay on the team?
The Leonard saga is far from over it seems, and will continue into the first week of July.
James had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to inform the Cavaliers of his intentions before the option expired.