Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup If LeBron James Goes to L.A.

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Speculation centres around the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, but James shed no light on his plans in multiple interviews broaching the topic. They are effectively out of the LeBron James Sweepstakes, though they are expected to keep free-agent-to-be Chris Paul.

The Lakers are also looking at trading for Kawhi Leonard, which could sway James. Think about how easy it should be to build a strong contender around a dominant player like James, and when seeing how poor of a job the Cavaliers did this past season, seeing James opt out really isn't all that surprising. Lakers brass, headed by former National Basketball Association champion Magic Johnson, will now try to convince James to sign a contract that could be worth $152 million over four years in Los Angeles.

Cleveland can offer James a five-year max contract worth approximately $207.4 million, while the most any other team could offer him would be a four-year deal worth around $152.3 million.

The Cavs have the $5.3 million taxpayer's midlevel exception available to them to spend on free agents, which they could offer to one player or try to split among two players in order to offer a slight premium over the veteran's minimum.

Per the Times, the Mavericks did not want to surrender draft compensation in a trade, preferring to pursue Jordan via free agency.

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It is also not yet known whether James will meet with the Cavaliers later down the line. James opted out of his player option, effectively making him an unrestricted free agent. This lineup is based on just James signing with the Lakers, and not some of the other rumors that are circulating. Are the Lakers now in the driver's seat to land the King?

But the fans at r/NBA will likely be keeping an eye on the plane that (likely) brought LeBron James to Los Angeles to see if there are any stops in Houston, Philadelphia, or Cleveland.

"This is a good day for the Los Angeles Lakers".

And if that's the case, Joel Embiid sent out a not-so subtle message that could easily be directed at LeBron James about the Lakers not truly never belonging to James.

Q: Why is James a free agent when he had a contract for next season? James and Paul would have to work out discount shenanigans to make it work, which seems improbable. He averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assist in 82 games last season.

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