According to SheridanHoops.com, the Lakers decision-makers Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are considering some Plan Bs if they start to believe that they can not land Leonard in a trade now or in free agency next season. However, it's now just Tuesday and things have since dampened a bit for the Lakers. However, the Lakers getting their star in James already has certainly made their need for Leonard a little less. Whenever James wants to bring the ball up the court and run the point this season, the Lakers will let him.
This hasn't gone unnoticed, raising the volume of calls to abolish the NBA's conference structure and seed the playoffs 1-16, regardless of conference affiliation.
Other reports have stated that Cousins wanted to join the Lakers and would have signed a similar one-year deal with the team worth just over $5 million.
Leonard, who wants the Spurs to trade him, has reportedly made it clear that he prefers to head to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Randle, a 23-year-old Dallas native spent, four seasons with the Lakers after being drafted seventh overall in 2014.
While Rondo has demonstrated that he can still contribute, especially as a passer, his defense and shooting are still severe limitations in his game. Like Ball, Rondo is a ball-dominant point guard who struggles with his shot.
Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics might be the best remaining trade option for the Spurs should San Antonio move All-Star Kawhi Leonard. If Rondo outplays Ball in any significant manner, it may deflate Ball's value on the market and make it more hard to swing a deal for Leonard.
Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. "This is the first time we've seen a free agent's performance hit a top-tier day like this". But players can not sign contracts and teams may not comment until 12 p.m. on Friday.
The Lakers are probably not done making moves, as the LeBron-effect is now in full swing.
"LeBron got a four-year deal, right?"
Although the Warriors have won three championships in four consecutive NBA Finals, the Lakers appear poised to challenge them over the next four seasons. For example, Seth Curry agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.75 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Another reason for James's willingness to sign a long-term deal with the Lakers is the team's proximity to Hollywood.