According to multiple reports, Chris Paul is re-signing with Houston, and his primary focus is on recruiting LeBron James.
Stephen A. Smith is also "hearing through the grapevine" that Chris Paul is indeed recruiting LeBron, but Paul believes that LeBron wants to be in LA.
Stephen A. also mentions that he is hearing that "folks are not so sure" that Paul George is coming to LA, and says OKC is prepared to do everything they can to keep him.
This is all just rumor and innuendo for now, but if LeBron is truly destined for LA, and Paul George ends up staying in OKC, that pretty much leaves the Sixers left with trading for Kawhi Leonard, or looking toward the summer of 2019.
The timing of the meeting is very interesting.
We're almost 24 hours from the NBA draft, could we see Kawhi moved tomorrow night?
It seems that Paul George is a bit of a wild card, so if you want to make a case for LeBron, you need to make a trade for Kawhi.
The same things were said about Paul George and LA last year.
But what if the Spurs hold their ground and don't trade him?
Could the relationship between Kawhi and Pop be reconciled enough to where he ends up staying in San Antonio after all?
Here's an interesting thought..
I agree with Russillo, LeBron isn't going to LA on his own. If his scenario were to play out, the Sixers would be in the drivers seat to land LeBron.
So, while the Stephen A. Smith rumors may dismiss the Sixers as contenders for LeBron, in reality they are very much in play.
It's still so early in the process. Who knows what will happen between now and July 1st.
The first domino to fall will be the ramifications of the meeting between Kawhi and Pop.