Every major transaction in the league—and both of those easily qualify as such—is interesting because of several reasons, yes. But two fascinating parts are how a decision is reached and what impact the trade or signing has on the future.
Thanks to a couple of recent reports, the NBA world has some additional answers with regard to both superstar players.
And it'd be a disservice not to start with Leonard.
Sam Amick of The Athletic provided a compelling report that detailed the alleged demands of Leonard's uncle, Dennis Robertson, who serves as an adviser for the All-Star forward.
Robertson's wish list, as Amick labeled it, included several requests that would be deemed illegal, according to the league's collective bargaining agreement.
"Sources say the league was told that Robertson asked team officials for part ownership of the team, a private plane that would be available at all times, a house and—last but certainly not least—a guaranteed amount of off-court endorsement money that they could expect if Leonard played for their team."
Bold strategy, right?
Amick noted Lakers owner Jeanie Buss pointed out the illegal nature of the wish list and said the perks wouldn't be considered. The report also adds Robertson made similar requests to the Toronto Raptors, where Kawhi played last season.
For the record, an NBA investigation found no evidence the Clippers granted any of them. But the demands, per Amick, have created a feeling of resentment "at the highest levels of Laker Land over how Leonard and his camp handled the process."
Next summer won't be anywhere near as dramatic with Davis, it appears.
Davis is eligible to sign an extension in January, but the max offer will be $146 million over four seasons. If he waits until the summer and becomes an unrestricted free agent, the Lakers can extend a five-year contract worth $202 million.
While it's possible Davis prefers a two-year deal to reach the coveted 10-year veteran's max, a five-year contract is the most likely scenario for him this offseason.
The Lakers, of course, will have no hesitation in presenting that offer. After shipping several young players and three first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles has watched Davis average 27.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.
Re-signing Davis, who turns 27 in March, should allow the Lakers to continue a budding rivalry with Kawhi and the Clippers.
Given the most recent reporting, the bitter feelings extend beyond the court and likely won't disappear anytime soon.
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