Lakers Make Questionable Moves After Landing LeBron

LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles.

The Lakers will be Rondo's fifth team in the last five seasons after spending the first eight-plus seasons with the Boston Celtics, which included a title in 2008 and being a four-time All-Star from 2010-13. Reportedly, the Lakers weren't interested in Cousins.

Once the scourge of the Western Conference, the Dallas Mavericks have missed the playoffs the last two years.

Pairing Lillard with James would give the Lakers a chance to compete with the Warriors.

There was only one victor, though, and all that preparation paid off: So many of James's Lakers jerseys moved in just the final three hours between the announcement and midnight that the piece became one of the 10 best sales days for a jersey in Fanatics company history. He averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game for IN last season, his first campaign without missing a game. He shot 43.9 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 36.1 percent of his three-point attempts.

If the Lakers choose not to acquire another star this offseason, they will have an excellent opportunity next year. In fact, James' Lakers jersey is the only one sold during free agency that's cracked the company's top 10. Adding a player like Leonard alongside James is a recipe for success. Talking with the Spurs about a Kawhi Leonard trade will be Johnson's biggest and most hard task, but if he can get a deal done, LeBron will have his needed sidekick. There are still quite a few good players on the trade market that could be had at the right price. If not, doesn't it make sense to target him in free agency next summer? Those games were close, they just couldn't get it done in the clutch.

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