吉林时时彩票开奖结果 www.vuwbm.icu LeBron James is justifiably worried that the shenanigans of the Los Angeles Lakers front office has cost them a shot at the elite free agents available in the summer of 2019. But LeBron is used to long odds, as he is always quick to remind you. So it should come as no shock that despite the outlook for the Lakers looking as bleak as ever, he’s attempting to leverage his star power into some star alliances.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was a guest for Thursday’s episode of Pardon The Interruption and during his appearance he gave some evidence to what many were already assuming: LeBron is recruiting free agents, namely Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler.
“From what I understand, he has already begun the recruiting process. I’ve heard he has had contact with Kawhi Leonard. I’ve heard he has had contact with Jimmy Butler. There is no tampering enforcement by players. … The thing about it is, I don’t know if texts and calls and maybe a dinner with LeBron is enough for the Lakers to overcome the hurdles that they’re going to have.”
LeBron may be in the background with the Lakers inner workings, but he’s evidently at the forefront of their free agent recruiting. Tampering amongst players is unenforceable. The amount of communications between fellow players is basically impossible to monitor and also, the players have made the league billions of dollars. The NBA knows the players are their meal ticket, so of course they won’t stop them from trying to team up and driving interest in the league.
But the final point from Windhorst may be the most important one. No matter what LeBron will attempt to do, the perception of the Lakers after Magic Johnson lit them up is as low as it’s ever been. LeBron and the attraction of playing with him is clearly their best hope of adding high-level talent. With just over a month to go before free agency, you can’t say that James isn’t trying his best to make that happen.