With DeMarcus Cousins’ torn Achilles, the increased likelihood of Paul George staying in OKC, and LeBron’s reluctance to join the Lakers without another established star in the rotation, it was no surprise to hear reports that buy 2K MT
the Lakers were changing their focus to next year's free agency period.However, their trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers hours before last week's deadline, which saw them bring in Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, could mean that they’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet. Regardless, the Lakers have left themselves various avenues to improve the squad, which could prove substantial when many teams are correcting the splurge in contracts players enjoyed over the previous couple of seasons.Increased flexibilityThe Cavaliers may have acquired young, fresh talent in Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr, but in Thomas and Frye, the Lakers were able to substitute Clarkson’s two-and-a-half-year deal for more expiring contracts, making them fully capable of signing two max players either this summer or the next.
This doesn’t necessarily go against their desire to hold out for 2019, but the flexibility it provides them is crucial. Whether the Lakers sign both stars in the same free agency, or one in each, Magic Johnson and co. have given themselves options as they seek to return to the postseason.Persuading LeBron to come to the west coast with no other stars may be tough, but don’t count out George’s arrival just yet. No matter how much chemistry he has gained with Russell Westbrook in recent weeks, the lure of a hometown team is tough to reject, especially at a franchise with the esteem of the Purple and Gold.The Lakers' young core is blossoming into one of the hottest teams in the league, going 10-5 in their last 15 encounters, and that’s with Lonzo Ball sidelined with a knee injury. Plus, the fans clearly want him, so much so that some even started a chant for him when OKC travelled to Staples on Thursday.
It seems absurd to ask if this could become LeBron James’ best season ever. James’ resume includes four NBA titles, 13 All-Star appearances, 13 All-NBA nods, four MVP awards, and a scoring title – it would seem impossible to top that record.However, LeBron has been on an absolute tear across the first quarter of the 2017/18 NBA campaign. He has dragged his Cavaliers squad out of 2K19 MT
a disastrous start and is playing some of the best basketball of his career.Here are three reasons this could be his best season to date.1. Roster issuesBefore the season started,I wrote about the issues facing the Cavs this year. The composition of the roster made little sense and there was a reliance on aging players. Losing Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics and watching him make an incredible start to the season rubbed salt into open Cleveland wounds as the Cavs stumbled to a 5-7 start.
All the worst fears about the Cavs’ roster were playing out in front of our eyes as the team looked old, uninterested in playing any defense and totally lacking any outside shooting. As the Boston Celtics soared to a 13-2 start there were mutterings that the Cavs might not make it back to the NBA Finals.Then LeBron reminded us all of his greatness.Since a loss in Houston early in November, the Cavaliers have gone on a 13-game winning run to catapult themselves back up the standings. James has been at the center of this rejuvenation, averaging 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the month of November.He is making what is a very average Cleveland roster look like contenders, and that has always been LeBron’s greatest skill. If he can coax this aging Cleveland squad back to another Finals, it will be one of his finest achievements.