LeBron James, Kyrie Irving And The Lakers’ Shrinking Glimmer Of Hope

There’s still hope for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson left the team before the end of the regular season, and his interview on ESPN’s First Take sort of destroyed the team’s chance of signing a big name this summer. The Lakers are completely dysfunctional at the moment, but they still have a chance to sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard or other free agent.

LeBron James is 34, and he is the best player in the NBA. The king isn’t going anywhere in near future, and he will be given a chance to opt out of his contract in 2021. However, pundits believe that LA is the final stop in his career. Joe Vardon of The Athletic says that LeBron likes his LA life.

“He is so happy to be living in Los Angeles. His family is so happy about this. Bronny is going into high school. This is where they want to be. LeBron does not want to play anywhere else. I would be shocked if at any point for the remainder of his career so long as LeBron James Jr. is in high school in the Greater Los Angeles area that he would have any interest in playing anywhere else. He wants to make this work.”

In his article, Vardon wrote that LeBron wants to play for his new coach, Frank Vogel, meaning he likes his current team.

“Still, it’s worth pointing out that LeBron wants to be with the Lakers and wants to win with them,” Vardon wrote.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was one of the first to report of the improved relationship between LeBron and Irving.

“Over the last few months, there is no doubt there’s been a thawing between Kyrie and LeBron. And Kyrie has come to be more open to joining the Lakers and has done some research on the organization.”

Pundits believe that LeBron should take the lead role when it comes to signing free agents.

According to Mark Stein, “It’s hard to see the Lakers getting anything done with a marquee name right now unless James and his agent Rich Paul can do it for them.”

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