Both players can opt out of the final year of their contract this Friday and head into the free agent market. Thus perhaps it should not have been a surprise to see a report Wednesday indicating that James may bolt for Los Angeles and wait to see which other National Basketball Association star joins him there, quickly followed by another report claiming that the four-time MVP was "hesitant" to commit to the Lakers without assurance that the team had already landed some high-profile help. However, it's not out of the realm of possibility that George will stay with the Thunder.
Because of a fractured relationship, Leonard reportedly asked the Spurs to trade him to the Lakers or Clippers, with the former serving as his preferred destination.
The Lakers are the favorite to win the LeBron James free agency sweepstakes, and the team is reportedly trying to complete a trade with the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard in an effort to ensure James will sign in July.
If those are, indeed, Durant's thoughts, Twitter seems to agree with him.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. The executive pointed out a similar dynamic played out "in Cleveland four years ago", when James very publicly declared he would leave the Heat for the Cavs, after which the latter team made a blockbuster trade for Kevin Love.
"Sometimes you don't negotiate", Myers said, via NBC Sports.
Below is a look at updates on the Lakers' hunt for big-name free agents, with James and George being the two main names mentioned in the same breath as the illustrious franchise.