Daily Wrap: Stakes Could Not Be Higher For Lakers And Clippers

The Lakers and Clippers are playing a dangerous game, one that’s high-risk, high-reward.

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Both teams have all their eggs in the Kawhi Leonard basket, opting to make minimal moves until Leonard makes a decision.

There’s just one problem with that plan: free agency has been moving incredibly quickly this year.

Almost every quality player was snatched up almost immediately.

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DeMarcus Cousins and Danny Green are still available, but after that the best you’ll find is guys like Justin Holiday, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and the Morris twins.

The Lakers can justify trotting out a team brimming with minimum contracts if they land three superstars, but two is a tougher sell.

The Clippers, meanwhile, were once considered likely to not only sign Leonard, but another superstar too.

To come away empty-handed now would be a disaster, only made worse if they lose Leonard to their crosstown rivals.

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The battle for LA hangs in the balance, and Kawhi holds all the cards.

Recent signings 

Ben Simmons – Philadelphia 76ers (5 year, $168M extension offer)

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Isaiah Thomas – Washington Wizards (1 year, $2.6M)

Willie Cauley-Stein – Golden State Warriors

Wilson Chandler – Brooklyn Nets (1 year, $2.5M)

Emmanuel Mudiay – Utah Jazz (1 year)

Luke Kornet – Chicago Bulls (2 years)

Jared Dudley – LA Lakers (1 year, $2.6M)

Jeff Green – Utah Jazz (1 year, $2.5M)

Noah Vonleh – Minnesota Timberwolves (1 year)

Glenn Robinson III – Golden State Warriors (2 years)

Ryan Arcidiacono – Chicago Bulls (3 years, $9M)

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James Ennis – Philadelphia 76ers (2 years, $4.1M)

Daniel Theis – Boston Celtics (2 years, $10M)

Dorian Finney-Smith – Dallas Mavericks (3 years, $12M)

Anthony Tolliver – Portland Trail Blazers (1 year, $2.6M)

Kevon Looney – Golden State Warriors (3 years, $15M)

Seth Curry – Dallas Mavericks (4 years, $32M)

Austin Rivers – Houston Rockets (2 years)

Corey Joseph – Sacramento Kings (3 years, $37M)

Jordan Bell – Minnesota Timberwolves (1 year, $1.6M)

Tim Frazier – Detroit Pistons (1 year, $2M)

Frank Kaminsky – Phoenix Suns (2 years, $10M)

Wesley Matthews – Milwaukee Bucks (1 year, $2.5M)

Richaun Holmes – Sacramento Kings (2 years, $10M)

JJ Barea – Dallas Mavericks (1 year, $2.5M)

Enes Kanter – Boston Celtics (2 years, $10M)

Maxi Kleber – Dallas Mavericks (4 years, $35M)

Elfrid Payton – New York Knicks (2 years, $16M)

Troy Daniels – LA Lakers (1 year, $2.1M)

Michael Carter-Williams – Orlando Magic (1 year)

Wayne Ellington – New York Knicks (2 years, $16M)

Tomas Satoransky – Chicago Bulls (3 years, $30M)

Ish Smith – Washington Wizards (2 years, $12M)

Timberwolves receive: Shabazz Napier, Treveon Graham (via Golden State)


Miami Heat receive: Jimmy Butler, Meyers Leonard

Philadelphia 76ers receive: Josh Richardson

Portland Trail Blazers receive: Hassan Whiteside

Los Angeles Clippers receive: Mo Harkless, future first-round pick

Day one signings

All day one signings.

Best remaining free agents 

Kawhi Leonard

DeMarcus Cousins

Danny Green

Markieff Morris

Marcus Morris

Justin Holiday

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Kelly Oubre (R)

Willie Cauley-Stein (R)

Iman Shumpert

Rajon Rondo

Stanley Johnson (R)

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