Rumor: LeBron James Is Not Pressuring Lakers To Stack The Team

The Los Angeles Lakers may have landed LeBron James in free agency, but the front office has yet to recruit any more superstars to team up with The King.

But according to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the three-time NBA Champion " is not pressuring L.A. to acquire a second star now," and that James "has faith in the combined powers of his supernova talent and the Lakers brand."

The Lakers have been linked to San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, who prefers a trade to his hometown team. However, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year is nearing has also been linked to the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers, so the Lakers are not a guarantee to land him.

Marc Stein of the New York Times also reported that the Lakers could have signed All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, but they passed on the opportunity, and he went on to sign a one-year deal with the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

As Lowe noted, the 2019 free agent class is loaded with stars, and the Lakers could decide to pursue Leonard then - rather than give up young assets in a trade right now. Other potential free agents could include DeAndre Jordan, Kemba Walker and stars like Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving, if the latter two decide to opt out of their respective contracts.

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James joins a Lakers team that is loaded with potential rising stars in Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram. If management were able to sign some big stars next summer without sacrificing young talent, it would certainly be a major win for James and the Lakers.

LeBron clearly feels comfortable with his decision to join a rebuilding Lakers team, even if they aren't quite championship contenders yet. It may be a struggle in 2018-19, but things could really take off next offseason.


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