LeBron James is taking his time getting settled in Los Angeles.
In 2014, LeBron returned to the Cavs after a dalliance with a more attractive suitor from South Beach, because after four years he realized the grass may have been more lush in Miami but not almost as familiar. They have a roster capable of making the playoffs in the depleted Eastern Conference.
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Still, just because Los Angeles have made the big move to acquire James and made this trio of head-scratchers afterwards doesn't mean its off-season business is over.
Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas and several others are out.
Additionally, with Kawhi Leonard potentially available in trade discussions during the upcoming season, it benefits the Lakers to showcase Ball as much as possible and increase his potential value in trade discussions. Mark Gilbert is new to LA and is now a newly minted Lakers fan.
Last week, Magic Johnson suggested the Lakers were operating on a two-year plan and would not be rushed into decision this summer, particularly given Leonard, Irving, Klay Thompson and DeAndre Jordan will be unrestricted free agents in 12 months.
But the Lakers and Spurs haven't been able to hammer out a deal-perhaps because San Antonio has been focused on acquiring almost all of the Lakers' quality young talent in exchange for Leonard.
O'Neal went west as a free agent in 1996, embracing the advantages of living in Hollywood while moonlighting as an actor and rapper.
When James suits up for the season opener, six of the top eight scorers in National Basketball Association history will be Lakers.
We know he has discussed team building with team president Magic Johnson.