Former Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson had a positive conversation with star free agent Kawhi Leonard and his uncle Dennis Robertson on Sunday, Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times report.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka reached out to Leonard at the start of free agency, according to the report, with Los Angeles focused on adding Leonard to a roster that already includes star players LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Leonard’s camp originally requested that the Lakers only send owner Jeanie Buss to any potential meeting, but the group is now considering adding Pelinka to the equation, according to Ganguli and Turner. It’s widely believed that the Clippers, Lakers and Raptors are the front-runners for his services.
Here are some other free agent rumors tonight:
- The Suns will meet with restricted free agent Kelly Oubre Jr. on Sunday night, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro. The two sides could reach an agreement on a new deal during the meeting. Since the team owns Oubre’s Bird rights, the team can go over the salary cap to re-sign him if it wishes.
- The Warriors are meeting with free agent Kevon Looney in Los Angeles with hopes of re-signing the forward, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports tweets. Golden State was able to come to terms with Klay Thompson once free agency opened Sunday, but the team later lost All-Star forward Kevin Durant to a four-year deal from Brooklyn.
- Free agent Reggie Bullock is planning to meet with the Knicks on Sunday night, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. Minnesota has also touched base with Bullock, according to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News, but he isn’t at the top of their wish list.
- Veteran guard Danny Green is being targeted by the Mavericks, Tim MacMahon of ESPN tweets. Talks between the two sides have started to heat up, though a decision from Green won’t be made until Leonard chooses to sign somewhere, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News adds (Twitter link).