Los Angeles Lakers
Here’s what we know about LeBron James: Like a carpenter making stairs, he’s always thinking one step ahead. In L.A, James could seamlessly move his family to one of his two homes in the ritzy Brentwood neighborhood. It’s no secret James meticulously calculates every step of his career, so the fact he bought his second house in the Los Angeles area in late 2017 should raise some eyebrows.
Family logistics aside, there are plenty of reasons on and off the court to pick the Lakers. Firstly, it’s unlikely James would choose to play for a historically second-rate franchise like the Clippers, with the obvious exception being his home-town Cavaliers. Playing for a relevant franchise run by a Hall-of-Famer many have compared James to would be a logical move.
Magic Johnson would be a great mentor for James, who’s likely already planning ahead for his life after basketball, plus the Lakers have the cap space to sign two max players this summer. Los Angeles could add James and a former All-Star like Paul George to an exciting young roster comprised of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers own their picks and would be set up to contend instantly and for the foreseeable future.
On the court, James would fit in naturally with Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, and center Brook Lopez. Assuming the Lakers sign George this off-season, the Lakers could start Ball at point guard with George and Ingram creating their own shots on the wing and Lopez anchoring the front-court.
James and Ball would fit perfectly together, as each player could create for others and run the offense or play off the ball. George would compensate for Ball’s sub-par defense, Lopez would protect the rim and rebound, and if Ingram continued his second-year growth, L.A would instantly be a serious Finals contender.
The Lakers could bring promising players like Kuzma, Josh Hart, and Julius Randle off the bench to spell the starters. With a competent front office and a bright coach in Luke Walton, Los Angeles should be the top candidate to land the King. One of the few concerns is Ball’s obnoxious father Lavar, but that alone is unlikely to keep LeBron from taking his talents west.