For much of the offseason, there has been a growing sense that Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James may make the jump to the Los Angeles Lakers next summer via free agency.
With each passing week, the noise has grown louder with more reports indicating that a move to Los Angeles is a realistic scenario for the four-time league MVP.
This was only further insinuated by former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson, who tweeted out on Monday afternoon that not only is James considering signing with the Lakers next July but also the newly formed Oklahoma City Thunder duo of reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star forward Paul George.
Lebron, Paul George & my brodie Westbrook may possibly sign w/ LA, I'll have more details after I beat Paul in FIFA…
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 18, 2017
Johnson’s claim isn’t an outrageous comment given that both of the Thunder stars players have been each rumored to possibilities. Since prior to last season’s trade deadline, George has been heavily linked to the Lakers in the months that have followed despite being traded to the Thunder just ahead of the start of free agency.
On top of that, Los Angeles received a $500,000 fine last month from the league for possible tampering charges when George was still a member of the Indiana Pacers. The 27-year-old also hasn’t publicly shot down the chances of him making the move next summer.
Meanwhile, the door remains open on Westbrook as he has yet to sign the super-max extension with Oklahoma City that has been on the table from the team for the last couple of months. He has until the season opener to ink the new deal, but if he doesn’t he has the option of opting out of the final year of his deal next July to become an unrestricted free agent.
This may all be just under a year away from possibly transpiring, it’s clear that the Lakers could be in play for a few All-Star level talent players in the summer of 2018.
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