Can LeBron James Still Attract the Best NBA Talent?

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"The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders". However, it's now just Tuesday and things have since dampened a bit for the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo have all joined the squad by way of one-year deals to be the supplemental veteran cast around LeBron and, for now, the rest of the Lakers' young core.

The Lakers are attempting to chart a new course for James' future with the Lakers than the style of basketball he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This wasn't some big surprise to King James.

That process has started to play itself out for the Lakers, but not as many people in and around the National Basketball Association expected.

Per the report, the Lakers were looking for "tough-minded playmakers" like Rondo and Stephenson.

"If anything, that's going to make him look, maybe more, toward the Clippers because this is a guy that won Finals MVP against LeBron James".

That process could still reportedly include the addition of Kawhi Leonard this year via a trade or next offseason when he becomes a free agent. 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.

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With LeBron choosing Los Angeles in free agency, the Eastern Conference is now wide open. The team has limited cap space, and the number of impactful free agents on the market has quickly dwindled.

"There were a lot of teams who were checking on possible deals with the Lakers". Why did he say two years?

Did the Los Angeles Lakers made the right decision to pass on DeMarcus Cousins?

Cleveland prioritized specialists, many of them shooters. For example, Seth Curry agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.75 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers certainly have assets to acquire him, but they need a realistic asking price to seriously considering making the move. Howard was productive last season with averages of 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 81 games. Evans was hampered with injuries at the end of the season but he was also being held out of games as the Memphis Grizzlies fielded offers to acquire Evans mid-season.

Johnson's pitch of the Lakers being the anti-Cavs went a long way with James. His goal is to surpass LeBron James, not to help LeBron win more rings.

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