LeBron James has joined the Lakers after opting out of the final year of his contract at Cleveland Cavaliers. Then, realizing they ranked 26th in the National Basketball Association this past season in field goal percentage, the Mavs just signed Clippers free agent center DeAndre Jordan to a one-year, $24 million deal.
The Lakers will be Rondo's fifth team in the last five seasons after spending the first eight-plus seasons with the Boston Celtics, which included a title in 2008 and being a four-time All-Star from 2010-13. As it stands, Lonzo Ball is arguably a more competent lead guard as he is bigger, a better defender (by far), a gifted passer and, while he is an inconsistent shooter, he normally draws more defensive pressure from distance than Rondo. Talking with the Spurs about a Kawhi Leonard trade will be Johnson's biggest and most hard task, but if he can get a deal done, LeBron will have his needed sidekick.
According to Fanatics, the top jersey retailer in the world, Cleveland ranks fourth in terms of markets purchasing James' Lakers jersey, which went on sale Monday. However, it seems that they could have made more cost-effective and well-reasoned acquisitions. That reason alone would be enough to make Johnson and the Lakers intrigued with the possibility of acquiring him. Evans offers the same sort of skill set as Stephenson but at a higher level and without the on-court antics.
Although there were suggestions of installing a Browns-related image after James's move was announced, another team in town got a little salty about being overlooked. LeBron James is leaving the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Pairing Lillard with James would give the Lakers a chance to compete with the Warriors.