Picture this: A Big 3 to end all Big 3s. Ever since Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce teamed up in Boston just over a decade ago, teams have been looking for that perfect combination of players. With San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard , Lakers fans are hoping that their team's future will include Leonard, along with LeBron James and Paul George.
However, what happens in free agency is yet to be decided, and just landing Leonard would huge for the Lakers and their fans. There are those that think the Lakers are taking the speculation a bit too far.
According to a poll, 96% of Laker fans expect them to add Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Aaron Gordon, Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan AND DeMarcus Cousins this offseason— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) June 11, 2018
Other fans are firing up the trade machine and ... wait, what?
And in San Antonio, who have held out hope that the prospect of a supermax would be enough to keep Leonard on, there's been a slight malfunction.
Lakers fans, meanwhile, are just excited in general.
Lakers have 2 Max Contract Spots, and assets to trade for Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi, LeBron, and Paul George in LA...is this happening??? 👀🤔— NBA Lowdown (@NBALowdown) June 15, 2018
2018-2019 Lakers starting 5— #LakersChampions2018 (@_Lakers_4_Life) June 15, 2018
PG: Kobe Bryant
SG: Paul George
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Lebron James
C: Shaquille O’Neal
Now it’s time for the Lakers to get LeBron, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) June 15, 2018
This is kind of a mess, and the story is still in its fledgling stages. But the thought of Leonard, James and George teaming up is a terrifying one. If it does happen, fans will face the ultimate challenge: Overcome the hatred that about 29 teams have for the Lakers due to slights in years passed? Or cheer for the Warriors to make their way toward a third straight title. That's a tough decision for most NBA fans, but it's one that they may face if the offseason plays out the way some are anticipating.