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Can LeBron James Still Attract the Best NBA Talent?

08 July 2018, 08:42 | Anna Jefferson

We finally know where Le Bron James is playing next season the three-time NBA Champion will be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers

We finally know where Le Bron James is playing next season the three-time NBA Champion will be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have agreed to contracts with some interesting players since landing James in free agency: loose-cannon guard (and James nemesis) Lance Stephenson, mercurial point guard Rajon Rondo and lowlight reel regular JaVale McGee. The Lakers will build around James, and they'll continue to attempt to land Kawhi Leonard or another superstar to team up with him over the next year.

Los Angeles also made a slew of other moves that were likely given the green light by LeBron James.

Chinatown Market followed the "NBA Communications" posting with a promotion for a 40 percent sale to help it pay the "fine" to the NBA.

The 32-year-old Rondo expressed no concerns about playing with Ball, the precocious passer chosen by the Lakers with the second overall pick in last year's draft.

That begs the question: What are Magic and LeBron thinking? The Lakers haven't made the playoffs for a franchise-record five consecutive seasons, but Rondo believes they'll make immediate strides back toward contention for a 17th National Basketball Association championship.

"I don't know what Kevin Durant's response was but I can tell that behind the scenes Kevin Durant was like 'Why would I do that?'" said Smith. He joins greats like Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain, who moved from the East to sign with the Lakers.

Dwyane Wade (L), LeBron James (C) and Chris Bosh (R) of the Miami Heat celebrate winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena June 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Furthermore, it was only a year ago that Kyrie Irving demanded to be traded out of Cleveland to become the main attraction in Boston.

So instead of talking about how Lonzo is going to make LeBron better, let's instead realize that Lonzo is just fortunate to be along for this ride with LeBron - assuming he even gets to play. According to an unnamed Schultz source, James didn't speak to the current Lakers coach when being recruited by the team or after joining.

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