LeBron James Would Make Los Angeles Lakers Instant Contenders

By Brendan Patel
Soobum Im - USA TODAY Sports
Soobum Im – USA TODAY Sports

SF LeBron James is now a free agent, and looking for the best situation for himself as a player, as well as his family. Any team would instantly clear out salary space if they believed they had a reasonable chance at landing him. He is the best player in the league, and is currently in his prime. The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of cap space and are known to want James, even if it is an outside shot. However, if the Lakers were able to pull it off, they would instantly become championship contenders.

On offense, the team would have plenty of options between James, Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle. James has proven that he can play alongside another ball-dominant player, and is still extremely unselfish. He constantly looks to set up his teammates and get everyone involved, and will be playing alongside some great finishers. He is versatile enough to play anywhere on the court, giving Bryant enough space to still play his game. And if you add Steve Nash as a shooter on the perimeter, then this team would be extremely difficult to defend.

Defensively, he would be the perfect addition to cover up the deficiencies of those around him. The team lacks athleticism on the perimeter, and James is known for making a team’s defense go from average to elite when he’s focused. He can guard multiple positions, and is considered one of the best defenders in the league.

While it may seem that James would have to do a lot to make the Lakers great, he also would be able to attract other free agents to take a pay cut to come and play with him. The Lakers would be able to load up on even more talent, as players will gravitate toward James in hopes of winning a title. They would be able to fill out their roster accordingly, giving them more depth than just their starting five.

James has plenty of time to make his decision, and it is still unknown what he truly wants to do. He has shown in the past that he won’t necessarily choose a big market, but that he wants to win. If he were to come to Los Angeles, then the franchise would take a turn for the better as they would immediately be able to consider themselves serious contenders for the title.

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