On July 9, 1968, the Lakers traded for Wilt Chamberlain, the reigning MVP of the league, adding him to a lineup that already included Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. No team would be more talented. No team would have more firepower. But it wasn't enough to win a title, at least not for a while.
All-Star Kawhi Leonard tried to pressure his team to trade him to the Lakers, just as Paul George had tried last year. And, like George, Leonard failed. He was dealt to Toronto on Wednesday. But this time it doesn't mean he won't be playing in Los Angeles a year from now.