The Los Angeles Lakers tried really hard to get LeBron James, but NBA analysts believe that he can easily sign with a Western Conference rival. Jeanie Buss and Magic Johnson signed LeBron on the first day of his free agency. He helped the team win a title, but the Lakers aren’t considered favorites to win a title this season.
LeBron missed significant time due to injuries. The Lakers won just two games so far in the regular season and things don’t look really well for the franchise. Will LeBron consider leaving the Lakers?
LeBron James makes perfect sense for the Western Conference rival
Ric Bucher of Fox Sports reported that the Phoenix Suns have a chance to sign LeBron in free agency. He inked a two-year deal with the team and enters the open market in the offseason.
“If the Lakers were to move James, it presumably would be to acquire the treasure trove of future picks they currently lack,” Bucher wrote. “A Western Conference scout pointed to the Phoenix Suns as a far more ideal candidate should they find themselves once again falling short this season in their quest for the franchise’s first championship, after reaching the Finals two years ago and then getting knocked out in a seven-game, second-round series by Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks last year.”
The Lakers could trade their first-round picks to save the season
Age has nothing on LeBron, but he will have to retire at some point. He plays elite basketball and the front office should consider boost the roster with new names. Trading future first-rounders? Why not? The Lakers didn’t want to give up on their first-round picks just because they need these guys to reshape the roster in the future. However, Pelinka changed his mind and decided to offer his picks in return for a star player.
“Let me abundantly clear: We have one of the great players in LeBron James to ever play the game on our team. He committed to us with a long-term contract, a three-year contract,” Pelinka said. “So of course we will do everything we can, picks included, to make deals that give us a chance to help LeBron get to the end. He committed to our organization. That’s got to be a bilateral commitment, and it’s there.”