Folks around the NBA have murmured for more than a year now about LeBron James’ purported interest in bolting to Los Angeles when he has the opportunity to opt out of his contract during the 2018 offseason. Would he really leave his hometown team twice in his career? That remains to be seen. But people around the league have suspected as much—and suspected that he’s headed for Los Angeles—for a long time now.
LeBron owns two houses in L.A., and conquering the West would provide him with a new challenge—a new potential legacy boost, if you will. Also, the Lakers have a wealth of cap space, a promising young roster, and a storied history. If he could bring them back to prominence, well, it would do a ton for LeBron’s place in the history books. Of the two L.A. franchises, it seemed way likelier that LeBron would desire a spot on the roster of the Lake Show.
According to a new report from two of the most plugged-in NBA reporters, however, the Lakers may pass on pursuing LeBron this offseason. As Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN report, the Lakers are focusing their efforts—and their cap space—on the free-agent class of 2019 rather than that of 2018. The 2019 class is indeed ripe with young talent; Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, and Jimmy Butler could be among the players on the market.
In 2018, it’s expected that LeBron, Paul George, and DeMarcus Cousins will be available. But LeBron, as great as he is, is 33, George seems very interested in sticking with the Thunder, and Cousins just suffered an absolutely debilitating Achilles injury.
This recalibration also reportedly stems from the Lakers’ lack of belief that LeBron is actually interested in joining the team. Though L.A. has a bunch of gifted young players—including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma—there isn’t a bona fide star on the roster. LBJ would be taking a big risk by signing with the yellow and purple.
A lot could change in the next few months, of course. The Lakers are still reportedly shopping Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. But with this latest report, it looks a lot less certain that LeBron will head to Hollywood this summer.
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20 thoughts on “Why the Lakers May Not Try to Pursue LeBron James After All”
i think this video needs an update lol
Haaaa no one really wants him after all. He lost hes king status and defenetly lost hes goat status. Hes looking lazy and and weak.
Natasha still looking fine with her cute ass
Why the fuck u people say that LeBron will go to the Lakers, there is nobody there for him… CAVS is a far better team than the Lakers. Smh
Young people so dumb Lebron James going to the LA Lakers type of person who enjoys Supercenter b3at be too big for a Big 5 and then was the LA Lakers with Lonzo ball
LBJ going to Rockets
Really it could go any way lebron can join any team he wants
bs lol. give it the end of the season, and they will change tune lol
Fuck Lebum! Lake show bitch!!!
Lakers are garbage lol lebrons gonna go to the rockets
LEBRON WAS NEVER GOING TO THE LAKERS. HE DOESNT HAVE TIME TO BUILD A TEAM.
Bron wasn’t going to the lakers regardless
The west way too hard LeBron don't do it
I wonder, does Natasha have a pink or brown asshole… & what does said asshole smell like ? Cheddar ? …cheesecake ?
Ohh…. the possibilities.
Another year of being fucking trash. We aren’t the fucking Kings, why we still rebuilding 6 years later?!
If goes to the Lakers I'm no longer a fan
Natasha trying to not attract attention with that big ass sweater….. still look good 😍
As if Complex would actually know…
he's going to Houston or San Antonio