The Los Angeles Lakers made some major moves this offseason, which is expected to help them end their playoff drought. The Lakers added arguably the best player in the world in LeBron James, but they remain several pieces away from becoming a serious threat to the Golden State Warriors.

While James committed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers, the four-time Most Valuable Player is not known for being patient. The 15-year veteran has made it to the last eight NBA Finals, which could force the Lakers to make bold moves to keep the streak of the new face of their franchise alive.

Kawhi Leonard still interested in playing with the Lakers

The Toronto Raptors took a huge gamble earlier in the offseason, acquiring disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs.

The deal drew flak from their fans, as they gave up DeMar DeRozan in the process -- along with a protected first-round pick for a player who could eventually leave next summer.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Leonard still wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers [VIDEO] or the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers could wait for Leonard to become a free agent and sign him outright to form a formidable partnership with James in a purple and gold uniform.

However, the Clippers are also expected to move heaven and earth to acquire Leonard, and they are also in a good position to sign him. The Raptors also have a full season to prove that they are the best team for him. These are the reasons why the Lakers should at least consider trading for Leonard before the deadline in February.

Kawhi Leonard is an upgrade for the Los Angeles Lakers

Toronto is expected to ask for valuable assets in the event that they are forced to part ways with the two-time All-Star before the annual NBA trade deadline in February.

According to Hoops Habit, the Lakers might have no other choice but to include Brandon Ingram in any deal for Leonard. The report pointed out that trading Ingram would be very hard for the Lakers, but getting Leonard in return would be an upgrade for them.

Leonard, who is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, would turn them into a serious contender. It would also help them avoid another failed attempt to nab a legitimate superstar. Paul George [VIDEO] was very vocal about his interest in playing for his hometown team, but a year with the Oklahoma City Thunder changed his mind, as he eventually decided to sign a new deal with OKC.