There is mounting pressure on the Los Angeles Lakers to trade for Kawhi Leonard as LeBron James remains hesitant to be the first player to commit to the franchise.

Paul George is no longer assured of signing with the Lakers as there has been momentum for him to join the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James would like to make a decision on his future quickly in free agency.

Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers but they did not have a good initial conversation with the San Antonio Spurs.

If Leonard is successful in convincing front offices around the NBA that he plans to sign with the Lakers in 2019, Los Angeles could make the most attractive trade offer to San Antonio.