The mystique of the Lakers brand, in fact, may have been a selling point for LeBron in his second departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers in eight years. With Julius Randle off to New Orleans, the Lakers' frontline now projects to have only Ivica Zubac and JaVale McGee sharing the center chores.
It's worth asking because, in the past, those players' relationships with James have ranged from occasional irritants to outright nemeses. However, not to be outdone, the Warriors quickly countered with a big splash, inking all-star centre DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal, and cementing their position as heavy -185 chalk to claim a third straight National Basketball Association title. "He clashed with Kobe Bryant, voiced frustration with coach Mike D'Antoni, and seemingly burned his bridges after the season was over by leaving to sign with the Houston Rockets despite the Lakers' impassioned "#StayD12" campaign.
That said, Leonard isn't the Lakers' only possible target. Paul George reportedly made it known a year ago that he planned on joining the Lakers this summer, so the Indiana Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Randle posted career bests with 16.1 points on 55.8% shooting last season while also averaging 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Rondo addition, in particular, had the National Basketball Association world trying to make sense of the Lakers' plan.
During four seasons at South Beach, James and co won two championships before the OH native made a decision to return home to help the Cavaliers win a title. Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers.
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Mike D'Antoni's team went on to have the best regular-season record, but they still fell to Golden State in the Western Conference finals in the absence of the often-injured Paul. They traded a top-10 protected pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Kyle Korver.
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Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was more optimistic, and said the benefit of the extra rest would outweigh any potential negatives. Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Belgium's opponents, Brazil, defeated Mexico by 2-0 in their last-16 match .
Should he do so, the 33-year-old would leave a legacy that few could better.
He then opted out of the final two years of his Miami contract and returned to Cleveland.
Cousins is potentially combustible enough, although the Warriors core has raved about how much they enjoy him and how excited they are for him to be on the team.
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Ryan Frashure said officers arrived within about 60 seconds and took the gunman into custody without an exchange of gunfire. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders added in a tweet: "Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD ".