The 1st season with the Los Angeles Lakers for LeBron James did not go according to plan as him missing 17 games and a terrible trade deadline all but killed team morale and the franchise would not qualify for the postseason.
Once July rolls around, the team is looking to add another star player to play alongside LeBron James, because if they don’t, they could likely lose him as well, according to CBS Sports.
Via CBS Sports:
“Bill Plaschke: I’m hearing that if they whiff on free agency, and if they whiff on a trade, which I don’t know how likely that is, but if that happens, they’ve got big trouble with LeBron. I mean the LeBron era could be over before it starts here.
Dave McMenamin: Everyone I speak to associated with LeBron, they are holding the rope for now, and all they can do is be positive because this is going to be a crucial five-week stretch. But on the other side of that, if it’s July 10th in Los Angeles and it’s Nic Vucevic [that the Lakers have had to settle for], or whomever does not meet the criterion of bringing in a star who can make them an immediate contender, you could only imagine where things could go.
Plaschke: I heard this for the first time yesterday, somebody very connected said ‘You know what, if they whiff, LeBron’s going to say either I’m out of here or get me out of here, or the Lakers just might as well just get him out of here.’ So this is huge.”
Aside from landing LeBron last offseason, the Lakers are headed into the most important offseason in franchise history that could turn their team around for years to come and possibly put them back on top of the NBA world.