Sunday, 22 July, 2018

LeBron James cautious about going to Lakers as lone free agent

Lakers add German big man Moritz Wagner to young core ahead of free-agent sweepstakes 'He literally lights up a room': Lakers thrilled to draft Michigan's Wagner
Domingo Copeland | 26 June, 2018, 16:50

The Los Angeles Lakers had a formidable starting frontcourt last season with Julius Randle and Brook Lopez.

"He might be the best pick-and-pop player in this draft, which is something the Lakers could definitely use", Lakers.com reporter Joey Ramirez said. With room under the salary cap to sign two free agents to max contracts, L.A. has their eyes set on both LeBron James and Paul George. In fact, they might have had an impact on the pick ultimately being made.

The draft is only a few minutes from getting underway and there could be a little more clarity once it's over.

On Thursday, one Lakers source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the San Antonio Spurs "basically shut the door on us" when the Lakers contacted the Spurs following multiple reports last week that Kawhi Leonard wants to be traded.

The Pacers will decline Stephenson's $4.36 million team option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

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LA can possibly sign someone else to lure James (Chris Paul), but it will be devastating to the franchise if they can't get George.

"Nowadays in the National Basketball Association they're trying to find players who can shoot", Mykhailiuk said. ESPN has reported that if such a scenario were to come to fruition, then the Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and Golden State Warriors would be the teams James would meet with.

Many thought the Lakers acquired the No. 39 pick to try and package it with other picks and move up in the draft or make a major trade.

He was too unsafe to leave alone, shooting 39.4 percent on 3-pointers, averaging 1.6 triples per game and cementing himself as one of the top pick-and-pop weapons in all of college basketball. Surprisingly, he was one of the best rookies this season.

Expect Wagner to help a team who is expected to get a huge star this off-season. Boston will potentially have four first-round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, which teams that are looking to make trades will certainly be interested in acquiring.

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