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Meanwhile, he has ingrained himself greatly with the Cavaliers that has seen him lead the team to four straight NBA Finals appearances and their first NBA Title since he returned for his second tenure. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

With the free-agent world revolving around LeBron James, everyone is waiting for the dominoes to fall on NBA Draft night, and while a minor move, the Lakers may have gotten the ball rolling with the acquisition of the pick. They are armed with a ton of cap space with the potential to sign two max free agents.

With rumors of Paul George re-signing with the Thunder, a huge wrench may have been thrown into the Lakers plan.

But if James and George don't come, the pressure will mount on the Lakers to get a deal done now. "We're sticking to those core principles, which are guys that are high-IQ basketball players, that play the game the right way, that can shoot, that have length, that have versatility, that play with toughness". If that does happen, the Lakers are a smart bet.

"We feel he's going to be a special, special player". According to the latest odds, the Lakers continue to be favored as James's landing spot. The Lakers chose to go with upside on the offensive end with this selection. However, less than four weeks later and things have changed. Now, he is a first-round pick in the National Basketball Association draft and if everything works out, he could be playing with LeBron James next season.

The Lakers went all global with their draft this year. The next closest team in the updated odds is the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 13/4 to retain James. The Rockets round out the top three at 15/2 odds.

Not only are some of the best players in the league available - including the very best - but at least two of them reportedly prefer Los Angeles. Guard Devonte Graham was drafted then traded to Charlotte with the 34th pick.

Los Angeles has been looking for that star power since Kobe Bryant retired two seasons ago. JT thinks that if the Warriors take down LeBron as a Laker it will be huge for the team and will take the fandom to a level that the championships couldn't do.

Another day... Another story about Paul George's pending free agency.


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