Numerous reports have suggested that LeBron James – who is set to hit free agency next season — is the Lakers‘ top target. While acquiring James alone would be great, pairing him with another elite talent is the goal and Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report examines who that ideal player could be.
Russell Westbrook and Paul George are the obvious two names. The California natives could both hit free agency; George is nearly certain to test the market after one season with the Thunder whereas his new teammate Westbrook has a maximum deal on the table. Whether Westbrook eventually decides to accept that deal will significantly impact the market.
Pincus also looks at bigger players, like DeMarcus Cousins, who could be paired with James in Los Angeles. However, the goal, for now, is to clear as much cap space possible; and Luol Deng‘s albatross of a deal is the biggest priority.
Check out other news around the Pacific Division:
- After Georgia’s elimination from Eurobasket, Zaza Pachulia tells basketball journalist David Pick (Twitter link) that his international career is over.
- Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic (subscription required and recommended) chronicles Warriors coach Steve Kerr and his handling of the back ailment that has kept him in agony.
- Anthony Slater of The Athletic (subscription required and recommended) breaks down how Golden State’s newest acquisitions Nick Young, Omri Casspi, and Jordan Bell will mesh with the current championship-winning core.