LeBron James Could Reportedly Leave Lakers If Offseason Is A Failure

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If all these plans fail to materialize, it would not come as a surprise to hear LeBron James trade news plaguing the headlines once more - yet another debacle the Lakers want to avoid.

In order for the Lakers to challenge the Warriors next season, Rob Pelinka (or whoever runs that train wreck of an organization) must find a way to sign one of this summer's marquee free agents. LA was handsome for me. "I mean the LeBron era could be over before it starts here". I will tell you there are some incredibly talented, impact players there that we're going to study deeply.

Los Angeles opened 2018-19 with a 20-14 record before James strained his groin December 25. The young core leads the list, namely Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

The Lakers finished 2018-19 with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

Also, it feels like one way or another, the Lakers will find a way to get James a running mate.

Once July rolls around, the team is looking to add another star player to play alongside LeBron James, because if they don't, they could likely lose him as well, according to CBS Sports. While the first season was a bit of a giveaway, this summer has always been circled as a key piece in the Lakers' rebuilding efforts, but if they can't find a star to pair (or two) to put alongside James, he might have yet another decision to make. The 2019 NBA Draft is coming later this month and with the #4 pick, the Lakers are at the center of NBA draft rumors.

Although all of the attention is naturally on Anthony Davis' trade request from the New Orleans Pelicans, numerous teams are interested in Ball.

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