LeBron James has the option to opt out of his contract early and become a free-agent again in the offseason. If James were to enter the market, every team would be doing everything necessary to clear cap space and try to convince him to sign. He has the rare ability to make any team good and is in the prime of his career.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in need of a new superstar to inject life into their organization. Kobe Bryant is getting older and has been dealing with numerous injuries. The management has been struggling to field a competitive team and keep up with the rest of the league. Bringing James to Los Angeles would be a dream scenario for Lakers as a whole.
James would help keep ticket sales high even as Bryant continues to get older. He can attract large crowds even when he is playing in opposing cities due to his rare talent. His unselfish play will surely attract more star players who would love the opportunity to play with him and compete for a championship. James would flourish when playing in a large market and might see his popularity rise even more.
More importantly, James would be the centerpiece of a contending team year in and year out. He would be the next marketable star for the post-Kobe era and help the team remain competitive. Bryant might not be the alpha-dog, but his desire to win will surely allow him to play alongside such a great player. Bryant and James next to each other would be impossible to stop, especially if they surround the team with capable role-players. On defense, James can guard almost any position and would instantly improve the overall team defense.
The Lakers would need a lot of luck to convince James to leave Miami for the bright lights of Los Angeles. He has had a lot of success there and enjoys playing with his current teammates, but it sure would be great for the organization if he did choose to switch his alliances and pack his bags for the West Coast.