Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard that LeBron James is taking his talents to Los Angeles, but what you might not know is that LBJ had input on all the rest of the Lakers’ free agency signings.
According to ESPN, Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka spoke with James concerning their free-agent plans. He was consulted regarding the team’s interest in Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo, all of whom they would eventually sign as these players fit LeBron’s vision for the Lakers organization.
The King wants talented individuals that can create their own shot and play lockdown defense, areas in which all three of these players excel. James’ former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, had an array of shooters, but limited defensive capabilities and LeBron wants to ensure that his new team can prevent buckets as well as they do getting them.
Another item on the Lakers’ agenda this year was to pair LeBron with another marquee free agent in hopes of creating a superteam of their own in Los Angeles. However, James has made it known that despite his preference to play with an All-Star caliber talent in the past, it isn’t crucial that the Lakers land another superstar. According to a source close to the situation, LeBron “is not pressuring L.A. to acquire a second star now.”
A possible explanation for this might be because James doesn’t want to mortgage the future of the organization by trading most of their young assets (Brandon Ingram/Lonzo Ball/Kyle Kuzma) for a win-now player like Kawhi Leonard, or it could be because he doesn’t want to share the spotlight.
REPORT: LeBron James believes Brandon Ingram is close to All-Star level. 👀🏆🔥 pic.twitter.com/USABjHghT9
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Whatever the case may be, it is clear that LeBron has a voice in all the Lakers’ decisions and that this is his team, nobody else’s.
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