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LeBron James is not currently pressuring the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire a second superstar, according to a report from ESPN.
James signed a four-year deal with the Lakers — three guaranteed seasons — signaling his long-term commitment and faith in Magic Johnson and the organization.
The Lakers have been attempting to trade for San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard, but haven’t gained any traction on a deal.
The Spurs are asking for Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and multiple draft picks from the Lakers, a package LA is unwilling to offer.
Los Angeles is operating under the impression that if they can’t acquire Leonard this summer, he will just sign with them when he becomes a free agent in 2019. But the Lakers should be careful with that logic, as Paul George was once thought to be a lock to be a Laker and now he’s in Oklahoma City for the long-haul after re-signing with the Thunder on a four-year deal.
After signing James, the Lakers signed Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee. James has been in contact with LA’s brass and is on board with all the moves which have been made.
Johnson pitched James on a team stocked with tough-minded playmakers like Stephenson and Rondo, which could free up James to finish in the lanes and from the post instead of always being the primary playmaker like he was in Cleveland.