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The game’s biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team – run by Johnson, a Hall of Famer and Lakers legend – that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding. But the Lakers will instantly rise with James, a three-time champion who after being swept by the Warriors in this year’s NBA Finals said he is still driven and very much in championship mode.
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The Leafs had a franchise-best 105 points last season but lost to the Bruins in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.

Tavares spent last week meeting with the Islanders, San Jose, Toronto, Dallas, Tampa Bay and Boston. By waiting until Sunday, Tavares gave up the opportunity to sign an eight-year extension with the Islanders.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and the San Antonio Express-News’ Jeff McDonald report that the Spurs are engaged in trade talks with several teams on Leonard, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Here’s more from Wojnarowski:

The Spurs are clearly open to making a deal in the short-term, but remain in pursuit of a major return of assets for Leonard, a two-time first-team All-NBA player. San Antonio has had hopes of repairing its tattered relationship with Leonard and ultimately get to a comfort level with offering the $219 million super maximum contract extension. Leonard can opt-out of his contract and become a free agent next summer.

For now, the urgency of the Lakers July 1 free agent push for LeBron James and Paul George places a clock on its talks with the Spurs.

The Spurs have long been most intrigued with Boston’s trade assets, but it remains unclear how rich of a package the Celtics are willing to offer without a full understanding of the long-term implications of Leonard’s quad injury, nor an assurance that they can be certain of Leonard’s willingness to consider a long-term commitment next summer, league sources said.