Few teams will have the lure of attracting LeBron James.
The Los Angeles Lakers are on the short list, but, the vast majority of their front office doesn’t believe it’s a possibility, at least according to ESPN.com:
Why did a source close to Lakers management tell ESPN.com: “Within the organization there isn’t a single person that believes we can bring LeBron aboard”?
Why was GM Mitch Kupchak on Colin Cowherd’s radio show in the last few weeks saying “I don’t know if we’ll get a star player”?
James, who has an early termination clause in his contract at the end of the upcoming season (and the following) can be a free agent if he so chooses and few landing spots would be more attractive than one of the most heralded franchises in basketball history.
Of course, there’s the financial impact of James, who will command a $30 million dollar salary, eating away a good portion of the cap. The Lakers could conceivably clear enough space to bring him aboard, but, is that a risk they want to take?
It’s possible the Lakers’ front office could simply be playing coy, not wanting to deal with all the rumors of a James addition or maybe they don’t believe it.
We’ll find out whenever James becomes a free agent.