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LeBron James still hasn’t met with Lakers coach Luke Walton, report says

06 July, 2018, 19:25 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James during the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday

Unlike his two previous forays in free agency, James did not drag out his decision and made the announcement less than 24 hours after National Basketball Association free agency opened. However, it's now just Tuesday and things have since dampened a bit for the Lakers. You may recall that when LeBron returned to Cleveland after garnering a pair of National Basketball Association titles during his four years in Miami that the Cavaliers were coming off a 33-49 record and had not whiffed the postseason since James' departure.

"I know some people are rolling their eyes, but I like what the Lakers have done", a Western Conference executive told ESPN. Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee - none of these guys can really shoot, and they're all ball-dominant players.

Fortunately for the Lakers, the deals signed by Stephenson, Rondo and McGee are all for one year, so if this experiment fails, it won't last long. The Golden State Warriors have always been a bitter rival of the Log Angeles Lakers and for the latter, this is the time to prove just how much more stronger they are.

While Rondo has demonstrated that he can still contribute, especially as a passer, his defense and shooting are still severe limitations in his game.

James has never played alongside someone like Rondo or Ball, who have similar court vision and a knack for finding the best available shot on the floor.

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The Lakers have been attempting to trade for Kawhi Leonard. If Rondo outplays Ball in any significant manner, it may deflate Ball's value on the market and make it more hard to swing a deal for Leonard. This time around the state is California, and the team is the most storied and winning franchise in the history of the league, the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers also are projected to have enough cap space to sign a second max contract player in 2019.

At this point, it seems as though there was more upside to trying to keep Randle than making moves for players whose respective reputations don't match up to their actual production.

"There are going to be stars out there who are unhappy throughout the course of the year who can play next to LeBron and make that organisation better so we're going to have to see [who they add] throughout the course of the year".

Perhaps the Lakers weren't locks to land quality free agents like Tyreke Evans or DeMarcus Cousins. For example, Seth Curry agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.75 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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