Moves the Lakers Need to Make to Compete With the Warriors

Tanya Simon
July 8, 2018

In a new look inside the Lakers' post-LeBron moves, Brian Windhorst of ESPN explains that LBJ and Magic Johnson met on the first night of free agency and reviewed the Lakers' plans.

Last season, when rumors LeBron might opt out of the final year of his deal with Cleveland began circulating, the Lakers were immediately installed as favorites to land him.

Plus, Los Angeles itself provides LeBron the opportunity to continue to grow his brand. Still, one would assume LeBron would want to speak to his coach at some point soon after his decision.

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. Now, TMZ has caught up with LaVar to pick his brain about the Lakers' big signing, and old flames seem to have once again reignited.

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It was fair to wonder just how aware LeBron was of these moves before they happened and whether or not he gave his blessing to team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka to go forward with them.

An NBA ownership group analysis showed that signing James could generate approximately $65m in revenue for a team per year (and still, no one has gifted him a cactus).

"Since Luke took over, they've improved every single season", James previously said. "Hopefully he can - which he will - take this franchise back to prominence".

Unsurprisingly, this deal will put him over the $300m mark in total career earnings by 2022, a feat only 2 other National Basketball Association superstars (Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant) have achieved. "I think guys like LeBron or myself, I haven't played with a lot of guys that make plays for me". In this case, Lonzo is lucky to be able to join LeBron on his quest to topple the monstrous Golden State Warriors. There will definitely be questions entering the season, and if the team fails to get off to a solid start this season.

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