Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson wants the chance to convince either Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard to team up with LeBron James next season.
That is according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, who also claims that the team is unlikely to make a trade for an All-Star this season unless New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis becomes available.
"I've been told Magic wants a chance this summer to convince KD or Kawhi to come to the Lakers, so it seems very unlikely they trade for an All-Star this season... unless Anthony Davis were to become available," the reporter said on ESPN LA 710 AM.
Magic has said that he will bring another big name to L.A. to fuel the team's title ambitions, while Kawhi and KD have both been touted as potential signings for the Western Conference side.
The Lakers were able to snag LeBron last summer, tying him down to a mega, four-year deal after he lost out to the Golden State Warriors in last year's finals. And, with both of the aforementioned superstars heading into free agency, there will be some competition for their signatures.
Leonard moved to the Toronto Raptors via trade during the offseason and is doing very well there. But he is also very likely to leave when his contract is up.
The Clippers, however, are thought to have the advantage where the former San Antonio Spurs star is concerned. And while it is thought that he would like to move back to Los Angeles, where he grew up, there's just no telling what will happen in the summer.
Durant, meanwhile, is also very likely to opt out of his deal at the end of the season but the Warriors stand a good chance of retaining him. The forward has been strongly linked to the New York Knicks but only recently claimed that he did not know where the rumors came from.
The two-time champion also had some pretty negative comments regarding playing alongside LeBron, so Magic could have some real difficulty in convincing him that a move to Los Angeles is in his best interest.
Lakers Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka should focus on getting Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard as free agents, instead of giving up the house for Anthony Davis. KD & Kawhi have won a ring as MVP. Proven. Davis has talent, but never won, nor led Pelicans anywhere. Common sense right ? pic.twitter.com/0qm7kfF2S4— zengreenyoda (@zengreenyoda) January 10, 2019
What This Means
The Lakers are hellbent on surrounding their franchise player with top talent and there's no doubting that a big name will move over in the summer.
Davis remains an option as well, but he won't be a free agent this year and Los Angeles will have a hard time going the trade route.