Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers — Rival GM

LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers — Rival GM

With superstars like Kevin Durant, Paul George, Chris Paul, and the King himself LeBron James on the market, it should make a for a insane offseason.

There's a chance that neither James nor George will even hit free agency.

One of the reasons the Cavs chose not to trade the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick that they acquired from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade is that they have no idea what LeBron is planning to do this summer.

Second, if he doesn't pan out, at worst he could be a "placeholder" to preserve their cap space so that they could give it another try next summer when Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker, among others, may be free agents.

The Celtics could likely trump any trade offer for Leonard, with their vast collection of future first-round draft picks and a current roster littered with young and promising talent.

For the Spurs, however, it might be a massive win. However, as it has already been reported, Leonard preferably wants to go the Lakers.

This week, the National Basketball Association named James Harden as the league's Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career, making him one of two guys to have ever won the MVP after winning the 6th man of the year award during their career.

But if a team like the Lakers is desperate to land Leonard, then it could help the Spurs. This automatically disqualifies them from going with the potential James-George combination.

"Hart is part of why the Lakers could be poised to make the playoffs no matter what happens next season".

The Spurs are on the clock, too.

Another James preference that could impact free agency - assuming he chooses to opt out before Friday's deadline - is that he wants to make a decision quickly in July free agency, league sources said. That could mean that the Lakers may only be desperate for a little while longer.

LeBron James, right, might be hoping to have Kawhi Leonard on his side this season.

But they do have the assets to make a better trade offer than the Lakers.

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