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LeBron James to the Lakers? Here’s how that would happen

The most critical part of any team's wishes to have James in uniform is that they need to understand that James will have the team he wants, and however he wants.


Kahron Spearman


With NBA free agency around the corner, LeBron James will once again be the straw that stirs the offseason drink.

 

The majority of the league will pivot off whether he decides to stay in Cleveland or venture out to another franchise. The Los Angeles Lakers have long been seen as a landing spot, because of James' business ventures and lifestyle options compared to most NBA cities. 

 

But how can the Lakers land him?

My focus right now is on this team and trying to figure out how we can get back to a fourth NBA Finals and compete for a championship. Everything else, if its not about this team.

First, you'd have to operate under the assumption that Paul George will end up in Los Angeles, regardless. Whatever glowing adjectives he gave out for Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City, L.A. is home for George. 

 

The Lakers have room for two max slots so James and George could work - if that's what James wants, and this is key. The most critical part of any team's wishes to have James in uniform is that they need to understand that James will have the team he wants, however, he wants.

The other impediment is that James likely wouldn't go to a team that wasn't turnkey ready to win a title.

 

Pair himself with George is attractive, but no one else is ready to win immediately. No one else is battle-tested. So the Lakers would probably have to make that trade to get Kawhi Leonard - whom some are now believing isn't going to leave the supermax money from San Antonio on the table to move. 

 

James will want to locate and form a team that's ready to challenge the Warriors upon his signing. It'll be up to Lakers president Magic Johnson to show his vision in paving the way.

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