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Podcast: Why would LeBron James sign with the Lakers?

LeBron James will have a ton of options in free agency, but the Lakers really do have a ton to offer.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were blown out in game two of these NBA Finals and LeBron James is looking increasingly exhausted from dragging that organization there year in, year out. In today’s mailbag show, I talk about what the Los Angeles Lakers have to offer him, as well as my expectations for Brandon Ingram next season, why the Golden State Warriors are so dominant in third quarters and plenty more.

Really, the case for why LeBron might want to leave is fairly simple. The team isn’t very good and is going to be cap-strapped for the foreseeable future. Yes, Cleveland is still a legitimate title contender, but only because that’s where James chooses to play currently. There just doesn’t seem to be much room for the team to grow enough to challenge these Warriors, especially compared to other potential destinations.

Which brings us to the more important question: How could Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka convince LeBron to come to L.A.?

Well, the Lakers have done a pretty phenomenal job of putting themselves in a place where they’re really only a couple superstars away from being a better situation than the one LeBron currently finds himself in. Say what you will about the up-and-down nature of Lonzo Ball, Ingram, Julius Randle and the other members of the Lakers’ young core, but they are inarguably talented enough at important positions to fit next to LeBron. That’s where you start.

Combine that with the city, the Buss family (compared to Dan Gilbert) and the team’s flexibility moving forward and there is enough there to maybe convince LeBron that the Lakers make sense.

Other topics discussed in the show are Ingram’s development and what fans should hope for in his third season, the Marvel Cinematic universe, how I watch games, other options if the Lakers don’t sign multiple stars and plenty more.

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