LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have their first championship in a decade, are unlikely to rest on their laurels to develop the next dynasty of the NBA.
This decision will be subject to the immense influence of LeBron, who is widely believed to have played an important role in the Lakers’ recruitment of Anthony Davis.
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Insiders therefore believe the next big Lakers recruit will have a friend in LeBron.
“Chris Paul would love to return to LA. I know a dream would come true for Chris, ”said an Eastern Conference manager Tribunenbericht. “I know LeBron loves and trusts him and he would be a good fit.”
Paul could be the final piece of the Lakers dynasty puzzle, adding extra depth to the back yard and a third gate option alongside James and Davis.
The stumbling block, however, is the two years and A $ 120.83 million remaining on the Point Guard’s Thunder contract.
According to the Bleacher Report, the Lakers would also have to send out Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Avery Bradley and JaVale McGee, as well as the number 28, to get a deal on Paul.
Despite the huge cost to a player, the manager said, “Getting a third goalscorer (and playmaker) like Chris is a breeze. It’s a really valid and workable scenario.
“Will it happen? I don’t know, but if I’m the Lakers (or) if I’m LeBron, that’s what I want. ”
WESTBROOK A KNICKS TRADE OPTION MIT RAKETEN UPHEAVAL
With Houston general manager Daryl Morey stepping down a year after his controversial China / Hong Kong retweet, league sources believe the Rockets are more likely to try to sell explosive all-star point guard Russell Westbrook.
While Indiana Thunder Guard Paul and Victor Oladipo captured the imagination of Knicks President Leon Rose, Knicks executives would likely turn some of their attention to Texas if Westbrook was launched. According to reports, the Rockets will be promoting Executive Vice President Rafael Stone to GM.
Westbrook, who will turn 31 in November, is three and a half years younger than Paul. Westbrook and Paul both have mammoth contracts, and you can argue that Westbrooks is worse off despite the age difference.
The Los Angeles point guard has two years left for A $ 120.83 million, but a third year is a player option. Paul has two years left at the same dollar value, but without a third year to worry about.
Still, the more explosive Westbrook is likely better equipped to carry the burden for a team than Paul, who is a playmaker but not a scorer’s one-man wrecking ball. OKC reportedly has a very high price on Paul and some league officials believe he would prefer to go to a title contender.
Westbrook’s career scoring average is 23.2 points. Last season, he averaged 27.2 points, 7.0 assists and 7.9 rebounds for Houston (44-28), finishing second on the team after 2018 NBA MVP James Harden.
Jeff Van Gundy, who still lives in Houston, applied for the Rockets job and turned out to be the top candidate for Mike D’Antoni. Van Gundy could also be looking for a missile reset.
“I can’t see them sticking Harden and Russ together,” said an NBA manager. “Russ is the best player on a team and Harden needs outside shooters around him – not a ball-dominant guard. I think Russ will be the one traded. ”
A Westbrook addition would certainly exacerbate the rivalry between Knicks and Nets with former Thunder teammate Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. Durant left Westbrook, Oklahoma City in 2016, reportedly feeling confused.
Some people in the league believe Westbrook would love to play in the Big Apple, the fashion capital of the world. Westbrook’s top hobby is fashion.
The Knicks had no interest when Westbrook was brought on the block in the summer of 2019, but at that point, former President Steve Mills was more patient. Rose is eager to push this rebuild as she realizes the November draft may not land a star with the No. 8 picks.
During Westbrook’s MVP season in 2016-17, he averaged 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds in a 47-35 Thunder club. This was before Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis were stellar, so Westbrook was working with a roster that included Steven Adams and Enes Kanter among the best players.
Ironically, the Knicks thought they would be in a great position to catch Westbrook in the 2008 draft and pick sixth place. Then-President Donnie Walsh assumed Westbrook would be there and was ready to snap him up. In fact, Wesbrook projected in the 10-15 range in most of the mock drafts in the weeks leading up to the draft.
Over the past few weeks, however, Westbrook’s inventory has grown dramatically as the UCLA star’s training was sensational, and Sam Presti took him to fourth for the then Seattle Supersonics. The Knicks stayed with Danilo Gallinari, who has had a great career but is not approaching an all-star level.
The Knicks have a wealth of assets to trade in for an All-Star, including seven first-round picks across the next four drafts and lottery picks like Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, and Dennis Smith Jr.
They also have leeway to take on a large contract in a business or they can try to exercise Bobby Portis’ option and do their best to adjust salaries to give them flexibility for the next season.
The Post reported that the Thunder Knox are most favored among the younger players the Knicks are willing to trade. RJ Barrett, number 3 in 2019, and the Mitchell Robinson Stud Center are believed to be all but banned.
This appeared in the NY Post and was republished with permission.
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