Los Angeles Lakers acquire 39th overall pick in trade with Philadelphia 76ers

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Leonard and head coach Gregg Popovich met earlier this week in an effort to possibly the mend the relationship.

According to ESPN's Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, arguably the most respectable source for breaking news in the league, the 76ers have traded the 39th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 2019 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls) and cash.

Lakers star Kyle Kuzma added to the discussion on Wednesday night with a tweet that put Lakers fans into a frenzy.

Leonard has one year left on his contract before he can become a free agent.

Clearly they'd rather not move on from inarguably one of the top five or so players in the National Basketball Association, and their current stance is completely reflective of that belief.

ESPN reported that Leonard remains upset with the Spurs' handling of his quad injury, which led to him getting a second opinion and taking the matter into his own hands, outside of the Spurs' counsel. He finished second in MVP voting in 2016, and third in 2017.

The team will have to trade picks and/or stash some drafted players overseas from this draft. Popovich even suggested that Leonard might be better than LeBron James a year ago. And thanks to ESPN's National Basketball Association insider Zach Lowe, we now know that they are offering the Spurs the No. 8 pick and Kevin Love for the 2014 Finals MVP's services. Popovich told the big man that they wouldn't deal him, and the two sides eventually made it work. He plays through everything.

Leonard attended the private memorial service for Popovichs late wife, Erin, in San Antonio after the season ended, and he interacted with team officials.

Instead of gutting their roster for George, the Lakers took a patient approach to the season, giving their young players an opportunity to log extended playing time and come back for George in the summer, when he could be signed without losing players or draft picks.

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