Moves the Lakers Need to Make to Compete With the Warriors

LeBron James and Joel Embiid

"You put any group of players around LeBron James, as he has done (eight) straight times, he went to the finals", Rondo said.

From George Mikan to Kobe Bryant, superstars have been the Lakers' lifeblood for decades.

Well, the Golden State Warriors signed DeMarcus Cousins and the Lakers really had no other options.

And then came the subsequent news that joining the James in Los Angeles will be Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo.

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Many commentators looked straight at former NY star Carmelo Anthony's $27.9 million annual salary as the solution to the crisis. The 28-year-old forward officially signed a multi-year contract to remain with the Thunder, the team announced on Friday.


Last season, when rumors LeBron might opt out of the final year of his deal with Cleveland began circulating, the Lakers were immediately installed as favorites to land him. Ever since he left the Heat, James' teams have played exactly how he's wanted them to as he seemingly exerted control of every aspect of the Cavaliers' style.

The outspoken basketball father, who has been busy running the inaugural season of the Junior Basketball Association, referred to James as the "best player in the game" and touted Lonzo's playmaking ability as a pass-first point guard in describing how the two would mesh.

With LeBron choosing Los Angeles in free agency, the Eastern Conference is now wide open.

Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas and several others are out.

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That process could still reportedly include the addition of Kawhi Leonard this year via a trade or next offseason when he becomes a free agent.

Again, we can not underestimate how significant it is that LeBron James is now a Laker. Mark Gilbert is new to LA and is now a newly minted Lakers fan.

It was fair to wonder just how aware LeBron was of these moves before they happened and whether or not he gave his blessing to team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka to go forward with them. However, it is a bit disappointing that the Lakers followed up this momentous occasion by adding players that don't maximize LeBron's chances of competing for a championship this upcoming season.

"Unlike most free agents changing teams, LeBron is arriving with the Lakers as an all-time great", a source close to James said.

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