Kawhi Leonard remains a trade target for the Lakers
That’s according to ESPN reporter Dave McMenamin, who claims the Lakers are interested in bringing in Richard Jefferson if they are able to put together a trade for Leonard.
The Lakers have been busy so far this offseason, with James their biggest acquisition in free agency.
They remain in talks with the San Antonio Spurs regarding a trade for Leonard, but they would likely have to give up several player in a deal for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.
That would likely leave the Lakers needing to sign at least one more player in order to meet the minimum roster size in the NBA.
And McMenamin has revealed they could turn their attentions to Jefferson, who played alongside James in Cleveland and is a long-time friend.
“They have 14 guaranteed contracts and of course we’ve known for weeks they’ve been pursuing this Kawhi Leonard trade,” McMenamin said on ESPN.
“That would involve sending out multiple pieces and perhaps taking back less pieces and that could open up more roster spots.
Richard Jefferson played alongside LeBron James at the Cavaliers
Who will join LeBron James at the Lakers?
“There’s a guy who played for the Cavs with LeBron James who lives in the South Bay out in Los Angeles during the summer time and went to college with Luke Walton – that’s Richard Jefferson.
“There’s some interest on the Lakers part if things shuffle out the right way and they do have that open roster spot.
“He would be a guy who could bridge the gap if ever one did exist over the course of a tough season, Richard could be that guy to mend fences between Luke and LeBron.”