As with Lou Williams last February, the Clippers can take a proactive approach with forward Tobias Harris.

Even if the Clippers treat 2018-19 as a bridge season before chasing multiple max players next summer, extending Harris to a first-year salary of $16.8 million would accomplish two things: lock up a talented 25-year-old in the prime of his career at a team-friendly number and still leave the Clippers with close to $45 million in room.

Harris could be extended for up to four years, $75 million, and his first-year salary would rank 10th among power forwards.

If the offer is not on the table and the Spurs elect to hold on to the forward during the season, Leonard will have to earn All-NBA, MVP or DPOY honors in 2018-19 to be eligible again when he is a free agent next summer.

Keep in mind that Leonard is not super max eligible if he is traded, and teams acquiring him can only extend his contract six months after a deal at a starting salary of $24.1 million, a projected $8 million below where his max salary as a free agent would start. Losing that DPVE option would cost Leonard up to $30 million on his next deal if he’s traded to a new team and re-signs in free agency (for five years) or $70 million guaranteed if he signs with a new team in free agency in 2019 (for up to four years).

Brian Windhorst discusses LeBron James’ commitment to the Lakers with a four-year contract and how it compares to his contracts with the Cavs. (2:10)

This column has been updated with the news that LeBron James is joining the Los Angeles Lakers.

Maybe it was inevitable the moment Dan Gilbert wrote his rage-infused, burn book excerpt in 2010 — poisoning whatever relationship he had with LeBron James, and perhaps pushing James to maximize his leverage with a series of one- and two-year deals upon his return to Cleveland.

Presti was responding to speculation that George was gone, after the Thunder’s disappointing first-round playoff exit, a prevailing assumption that persists.

Throughout the season, George made a number of comments resetting the idea that it was a foregone conclusion that the Los Angeles Lakers were his ultimate destination — at least to those paying attention.

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