In the weeks leading up to the start of free agency next month, there has been consistent chatter surrounding All-Star forward LeBron James’ interest in possibly signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN has brought more noise to that conversation by stating on Monday during his show that he is hearing that All-Star point guard Chris Paul is voicing that James doesn’t want to go to the Houston Rockets and has his focused in on joining the Lakers.
According to my sources, several things are happening. Chris Paul is telling folks, LeBron ain’t trying to come to Houston. He wants to be in LA. These are things I’m getting through the grapevine. Chris Paul is saying LeBron wants to be in LA.
Although it is still quite early in the process, Smith has been quite a credible source in terms of breaking news regarding James’ free agency plans in the past. He was one of the first if not the one that broke the news stating that the four-time league MVP would be signing with the Miami Heat back in 2010.
There is still plenty that could change in the next couple of weeks as James will have plenty of options in front of him. Aside from returning to the Cavaliers, the 33-year-old is expected to draw strong interest from the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Lakers. Each of these teams presents a unique situation in their own right to possibly land James next month.
That said, Los Angeles has remained the one constant throughout the conversation for the last several months with that never talk never truly dying down. If anything, this does signal that the Lakers will be in the thick of the hunt with an appealing young core group along with salary cap flexibility to possibly ink two max contract players. This could all shape up for what could be a highly entertaining summer with James being the first big domino to fall.
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