Report: Lakers were interested in acquiring Dwyane Wade to help recruit LeBron James

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After signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year deal, a player that is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, speculations that the Lakers are targeting LeBron James come summer 2018 surfaced again.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (H/T Silver Screen and Roll), the Lakers looked to acquire Dwyane Wade early in the summer:

“After Dwyane Wade opted back into his contract for this year and then Jimmy Butler got traded, and Dwyane was trying to figure out are we going to go forward together here in Chicago. The Lakers had interest if Chicago was A) willing to potentially trade him or if Dwyane got a buyout in Chicago, the Lakers absolutely would’ve had an interest in signing him.”

Wade on the Lakers would have been an interesting acquisition. Wade could be the perfect mentor that Magic Johnson is looking for to guide Lonzo Ball in his first year in the NBA.

Wade would also serve as an asset in recruiting LeBron James. The two are best friends outside of basketball.

Last year with the Chicago Bulls, Wade averaged 18 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists.

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