LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Magic Johnson are rumored to be part of the pitch to bring Leonard to the Lakers.
Kawhi Leonard’s people reportedly plan on meeting with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and Magic Johnson next week when free agency starts, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. The meeting will most likely be in Los Angeles, per Turner.
Johnson, Los Angeles’s former president of basketball operations, abruptly stepped down from the organization in April during an impromptu press conference before the team’s game against the Trail Blazers. Leonard reportedly made a personal request to the team that only Buss and Johnson be involved in the meeting, per ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
Johnson is not allowed to be a part of official team meetings with prospective free agents, and he told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that neither the Lakers nor Buss asked him to help.