As many of you have probably heard by now, the talk of the league is surrounding the future of LeBron James. Even though he hasn’t yet, LeBron has the option of opting out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and many think he will. Vegas gives the Lakers a slight advantage to land King James, and while I don’t always believe what Vegas predicts, I have to agree with them on this one. There are many reasons that L.A. is a good fit for LeBron, so let’s dive on in.
Age of the Lakers’ Squad
Throughout his career, LeBron has always been on an old team. Even though the average age of this past year’s Cavs team was 28.4 years, they were still ranked as the third oldest team in the NBA. When LeBron left for Miami in 2010, the average age of that team was a whopping 37.9 years. Granted, by the time that Miami squad had won their second NBA title they got the average age down to 34.1 years, but that still doesn’t compare to this year’s Lakers team, who has an average age of 24.9 years according to Fox Sports. Being surrounded by all that young talent would be a refreshing scene for LeBron. Especially when you consider that Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Juilus Randle have all been in the league for less than 4 years and still have room to grow with every year of experience they gain.
When the Lakers traded Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to (ironically enough) the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, they opened up enough cap space to get LeBron and possibly another max contract player as well. This is critical for two reasons: the Lakers could add LeBron without making any significant changes to their roster, and adding another star player might be even more enticing for LeBron. This brings me to my next point.
The Lakers’ Ability to Sign Another Star Player
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, you’re probably aware that the Western Conference has been the home of multiple super-teams, and the most dangerous of these being the current NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors. With the exception of this year’s Boston Celtics team, LeBron hasn’t had much competition in the Eastern Conference keeping him from reaching the Finals. However, if he were to go to L.A., he would be faced with the challenge of beating multiple super-teams to reach the Finals. While he is undisputedly the best basketball player on the planet, it would be extremely difficult to beat 3 super-teams without the help of another star. Luckily for the Lakers, they have enough cap space to sign another max-contract player, and there are some notable players that are interested in coming to L.A.; the most recent of these being Kawhi Leonard.
Los Angeles has much more to offer King James, but these were the three things that stuck out most to me. If you have any comments, questions, or points that you think are important that I didn’t mention, send me a DM on twitter (@adgilbs), and you could be featured in the next article!