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Predicting The Los Angeles Lakers’ Starting 5 If LeBron James Signs

Los Angeles Lakers: Predicting the Starting 5 If LeBron James Signs

LeBron James
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If you haven't heard, four-time MVP LeBron James is currently an unrestricted free agent and is being courted by every team with a dollar of cap space available. With rumors of the Big 3 on their way out of Miami, Lakers fans can be a little more optimistic that James may head out west. Here's what the Los Angeles Lakers' starting five could look like if James signed with the team.

Point Guard- Steve Nash

Steve Nash and Kendall Marshall
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Point Guard- Steve Nash

Steve Nash and Kendall Marshall
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As of today Steve Nash is the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, if he is healthy enough to play. Unable to defend most starting guards, Nash should be traded to whatever team is willing to take on his overpriced contract. Kendall Marshall earned another summer league audition and looks to be Nash's backup as of today. Unfortunately for Lakers fans, Marshall struggles to guard most guards as well and lacks a consistent jump shot.

Shooting Guard- Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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Shooting Guard- Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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After missing majority of last season due to injury, Kobe Bryant is expected to return 100 percent as the Lakers' starting shooting guard. Although the Lakers are banking on LeBron James and/or Carmelo Anthony to be Kobe's successor, finding a backup shooting guard to learn behind Kobe is just as important.

Small Forward- LeBron James

LeBron James
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Small Forward- LeBron James

LeBron James
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If Lakers fans can have their cake and eat it too, LeBron James would have already been signed. LeBron would instantly boost the Lakers' roster and potentially entice other free agents to team up with him and Kobe. If James or Anthony don't choose the Lakers, Chandler Parsons, Trevor Ariza and Nick Young should be strong considerations.

Power Forward- Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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Power Forward- Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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Last month the Lakers made Julius Randle the face of the future with the No. 7 overall pick. Although Randle is currently the only forward on the Lakers roster, don't be too surprised if the rookie comes off the bench in his first season. Reserve forward Jordan Hill should be re-signed and continue to improve with a coach who gives him consistent minutes.

Center- Robert Sacre

Robert Sacre
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Center- Robert Sacre

Robert Sacre
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Fans of the Lakers might cringe at the fact that Robert Sacre is the only center currently on the roster, but his improvement was evident in limited minutes. Sacre might be a year or two away from being a consistent rotation player but he does have potential worthy of keeping around. With that being said, the Lakers must do everything they can to acquire restricted free agent Greg Monroe. If Monroe isn't signed fans might be stuck with Pau Gasol.