It came as little surprise to those in James' inner circle, despite making his route to the NBA Finals infinitely more tricky by placing him on a collision course with the likes of Golden State and Houston. According to SheridanHoops.com, the Lakers decision-makers Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are considering some Plan Bs if they start to believe that they can not land Leonard in a trade now or in free agency next season.
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. Walton, after all, has been on the hot seat after a lackluster last two seasons - compiling a 61-103 record during that time. But this time, it's two-years removed from bringing the organization its first title.
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The game's biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team - run by Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson - that has been over-matched in recent years while rebuilding.
The best player of his generation joining the league's second-most successful franchise in a bid to add at least another ring to his collection, after losing three of the last four NBA Finals. That, of course, could change rapidly with San Antonio dangling Kawhi Leonard but that could also necessitate that one or more of LA's talented youngsters gets shipped in the deal, which would still make the Lakers more formidable with Leonard in the mix.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that LeBron told the Lakers "he likes Lonzo's game and his excited to play with him". This is especially true considering that James agreed to a multi-year deal, which is something he was not willing to do with Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers could've been pressured to overpay in Leonard traded if they felt it would have landed the four-time MVP. LeBron is now walking amongst a pantheon of National Basketball Association giants, joining Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kareem, Magic, Shaq and Kobe to name a few who donned the Lakers' purple and gold.