LeBron: Lakers a great destination for top free agents

LeBron James and the Lakers are dreaming of some help in free agency.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have been perhaps the league’s biggest disappointment. They definitely have been the NBA’s biggest story, as the Lakers won’t make the playoffs, barring a basketball miracle, in James’ first season.

And LeBron knows things will have to change if the Lakers are to become a threat in the mighty Western Conference next season. That’s especially the case with James turning 35-years old in December.

So James has already putting forward his best recruiting pitch.

“Listen, at the end of the day this franchise wants to win and wants to win big, and the one thing about the franchise, they cater to the players,” James told reporters after Sunday’s loss to the lowly New York Knicks.

“And that’s it. Everything else comes secondary, they only want us to go out and perform at a high level and play the game at a high level so we can be mentioned with some of the great teams that’s in the league at that point in time.”

The Lakers failed in attempts to trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis at the February deadline, and word is, the Pelicans will refuse to send Davis to LA this summer as well.

That means the Lakers will be among the large group fighting for the likes of top free agents. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) and Jimmy Butler (Philadelphia 76ers) are among that group.

So far, none have strongly been linked to the Lakers — but that could change in July.

“There’s a lot of great free agents this summer,” James said. “Not going to name any names because every time I say something, or our organization says something about a specific person we get in trouble.

“But we have an opportunity to get better, and that’s something that is definitely great to know that, when you have an opportunity to get better from a personnel standpoint.”