The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing for a run at superstar free agent LeBron James and have contacted his agent Rich Paul, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. James is not expected to meet with teams at the start of his free agency period, instead relying on his agents and inner circle to make initial contact with potential destinations.
James and the "Big Three" are expected to allow Miami Heat president Pat Riley time to reconstruct the supporting cast before they come to a decision. James expects to receive a max-level contract wherever he signs,and the Heat will be able to offer him the highest amount of guaranteed money and years.
The Lakers have made courting both James and Carmelo Anthony their priority, intending to make a pitch to each player to play together in Los Angeles. Los Angeles does not have a meeting schedule with James' representaives, but will meet with Anthony on Thursday.
Los Angeles' cap situation is tight, and the team would likely have to find a way to shed Steve Nash's $9.7 million contract in order to create room for both players. Kendall Marshall's $915,243 is also fully non-guaranteed, giving them another small chunk of space to offer free agents should they waive him.