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.
Belgium beats Japan 3-2 in last breath
Even when they were put under serious pressure by Belgium , the team kept their shape and defended with discipline and energy. This star-studded lineup has it all, including Premier League stars Kevin De Bruyne , Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku .
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.
Should LeBron leave Cleveland for greener pastures?
Now he has to go through the Warriors and the Rockets in the Western Conference playoffs before the NBA Finals. Gilbert criticized James' decision to leave the Cavaliers the first time in a scathing letter to fans .
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.
Massive Australia-Philippines basketbrawl leads to 13 ejections, forces cancellation
FIBA will run a detailed video review of the game, security and the actions of both teams, both coaches and the referees. According to The Daily Telegraph , nine players were ejected from the Philippines side, along with four Australians.