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Congratulations, Los Angeles Lakers fans – Your wildest dreams have become reality.
LeBron James is an official member of the purple and gold family:
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The king has arrived ?
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But honeymoon is not always the longest in NBA world so it's right back to business for probably the most interesting franchise in basketball.
The Lakers have been occupied in the wake of the LeBron signing, and still the mill is rumored alongside each other. The latest group of reports includes a James Banana trawler, communications between head coach and new superstar and a brilliant forecast for the 2019 summer.
Carmelo chooses between rockets and lakers?
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Oklahoma City Thunder has two choices: Hope Carmelo Anthony can bounce back from a disappointed first go-round in Sooner State or save more than $ 100 million in salary and luxury tax.
In other words, the thunder has a choice -show Anthony to the exit.
ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young reported earlier Thunder's front office "working through scenarios that will culminate in the inevitable this summer: an end to the short Carmelo Anthony partnership." The ESPN scholars said this should Be able to happen via trade, distance or a combined buyout and stretch.
Anyway, Anthony will soon look for a new home. And it sounds like the Lakers are on their short list of possible landings.
"The guess here, after talking to people [at the Las Vegas Summer League] is that the decision is between Houston or Los Angeles," wrote Tim Bontemps for Washington Post .
Anthony owns both a home in Los Angeles and a decade plus friendship with James. If the Lakers make an increase, it would not be easy to resist.
It is said that LA's interest is difficult to measure.
On the one hand, the club could use more points and without pushing James. Anthony career-low 16.2 points per game last season should have led the Lakers. Ditto his personal best 169 triples.
On the other hand, this version of Anthony is unlikely to drive L.A. over the championship edge. So the floor time he could get could be better utilized as development minutes for the Lakers youngsters forward, including Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.
Anthony met officials from Houston Rocket and Miami Heat in Las Vegas, per Wojnarowski, so maybe he is closer to other destinations than LA
LeBron, Luke Walton has communicated?
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As the dam determines Jamess latest monumental decision, a report from Yahoo Sports Jordan Schultz suggested an unfortunate start in the procedure. One source told Schultz that James had "zero contact" with Walton during the recruitment process.
Considering how each of James's relationships with his NBA coach looked into it, it seemed to be Walton's introduction to the fishbowl that coaches LeBron.
But later reports say there has been dialogue between the two.
"Walton and James … had actually communicated via sms, sources with knowledge of the situation told Atletic and Lakers are convinced James is comfortable with Walton on the bench," said Bill Oram.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne also said Walton "exchanges text messages with James and plans to meet personally soon."
Although this sounds more promising than the previous story, the true test of LeBron-Walton dynamics will not come until they work together in games. For that purpose, Walton already announced a strategy for distributing James, by Tania Ganguli of Los Angeles Times :
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Luke Walton loves him has so many ball-managers on schedule now, but: "We'll get the ball in LeBron's hands a lot." https://t.co/vYM4o6AlZt
The first reaction to this strategy can be "DUH!" considering James is a four-time MVP with 11th most career helps in NBA history. But it will be interesting to see how Walton balances James & # 39; touches those who pass first players like Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo.
When the effectiveness of this game plan is completed, we can come back to over-analyzes how James and Walton are agreeing.
Lakers "All But Assured" to add Elite Player in 2019?
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Without unlocking James for at least the next three seasons (he has a player option for 2021-22), Lakers Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell -Pope, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee all have just one-year offers from Lakers and retain franchise flexibility for next summer talented
NBA.com David Aldridge believes that careful planning could pay big dividends down the line:
" With all due respect, LeBron did not leave Cleveland and his home because of Lance, Rondo, etc. With James on the ground in LA, the Lakers are all but sure to get one of the elite players that will be unlimited in 2019 -Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, or anyone else who shakes freely or is otherwise available available. "
This is not a translation take the time as such a feeling has been expressed.
When the Lakers opened a road to two maximum contract slots at the trading deadline, Secretary General Rob Pelinka said the club could "make two max players [this summer] if that's what we decide to do, or a year 2018 and then follow it up with another in 2019, "by ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.
Sources later told ESPN's Zach Lowe that James did not push a second star "now," with Lowe adding James "believe in the combined forces of his supernova talent and the Lakers brand."
Granted, it does not guarantee another elite talent is LA-bound, but the Lakers appeal may be unbelievable next summer. It's hard to imagine that there is not at least one star excited about the idea of joining James on the most glamorous organizations in one of NBA's premier markets.
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