Well, it’s been almost 24 hours and if you haven’t heard, the King, is taking his talents to Los Angeles. Now, I’m not going to tell you about anything you already know. I will say that this move seems to be purely family and business motivated. What is amazing about this move is the new teammates he has. The Lakers have signed Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, and JaVale McGee are now teammates. This is getting insane. The first two have been haters of LeBron.
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McGee just won his second championship with the Warriors. Almost considered a bust, but resurrected his career as a solid backup and played an important piece in this year’s championship. The Lakers, Magic and LeBron, are trying to put together a stronger team. Rondo, who hates the “Playoff Rondo” nickname, may actually be a good fit, if he keeps the level of play from this past playoff up. If he can return to his solid defensive play and playmaking, that will make scoring easy for Stephenson, Lopez, and Ingram.
The Lakers roster includes the following players:
Lonzo Ball (G): Will he remain a starter or is he being shipped? With Rondo there, you can assume he will be a backup or maybe shooting guard, despite his shot form.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G/F: May end up being the backup swingman for LeBron at the SF position.
Alex Caruso G: sure he’s a goner
Luol Deng F: I didn’t even realize he was on this team. He’s a keeper if he can produce like he did with the Bulls.
Channing Frye F: a free agent, but he did win a ring with LeBron in Cleveland. He will help spread the floor.
Josh Hart G:
Andre Ingram G: a free agent. The Lakers have enough guards, I won’t be surprise if they don’t offer him a contract.
Brandon Ingram F/G: A young player who will benefit from having Ball, Rondo, and LeBron setting him up. If can get tougher, expect his scoring to go up.
Kyle Kuzma F: if LeBron stays as the traditional SF, then Kuzma will benefit in the same way Ingram will, especially in the low post.
Brook Lopez C: I’ll be honest, I haven’t kept up with him since he left Brooklyn. However if he stays healthy, I think he would be a good keeper. He reounnds well and has a good mid range game. HE’s a free agent so he would have to take less money. Playing with LeBron? I’m sure he’s trying to make it happen.
Svi Mykhaliliuk F:
Malik Newman G:
Gary Payton II G: Free agent
Julius Randall F/C: Free agent
Isiah Thomas G: free agent. I like Isaiah, but I don’t see how he will fit if the team keeps Ball and Rondo. Oh, and let’s not forget he has beef with Rondo.
Moritz Wagner F:
Travis Wear: F: free agent
Ivica Zubac C:
I think its safe to say that the Lakers want a good mix of veterans and young talent. Rondo and McGee bring championship winning experience. If they keep Thomas, Ball, Rondo, and Ingram they could be dangerous, but it all depends how they will mesh with LeBron.
I don’t see the Lakers trading Rondo, Stephenson, or McGee, so Lopez, Thomas, Caldwell-Pope and all other free agents are most likely gone. Lonzo Ball, if his dad allows, could come off the bench and learn from Rondo.
One thing is for sure, The Lakers will have regain their moniker “Showtime,” time will tell if it will be as exciting as the 80’s or a dud.