When Kawhi Leonard first requested a trade from the San Antonio Spurs, he wanted a trade to either of the Los Angeles teams with a preference to the Lakers over the Clippers.

Both the Lakers and Clippers project to have enough cap space to sign Leonard outright in 2019.

"I've been told that one of the reasons he looks at going to the Clippers as a little less motivated. I think initially the idea of L.A. was fine to him. He preferred the Lakers but was okay with the Clippers. Now that LeBron's in L.A., I think the idea of going head-to-head with LeBron to have you with the Clippers, him with the Lakers and to maybe feel dwarfed by that. I'm told that's become far less appealing for him."

The Lakers have a more appealing potential package to offer the Spurs for Leonard, but have been reluctant to meet San Antonio's demands.