When the Los Angeles Lakers entered this year’s free agency with enough room to sign to max players, the belief was that they were going to build a championship team right away.
After failing to sign Paul George, many believed that LeBron James would pressure the Lakers to trade for another star player for him to come to Los Angeles.
Despite not signing Paul George, the Lakers were still able to convince James of the prospect of playing with the talented young core comprised of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.
According to a report by Brad Turner of the LA Times, James feels comfortable with the current Lakers’ roster right now. James believes that this young and talented team could contend for the playoffs right away, and build for a championship shortly.
Sources said James liked the team Magic Johnson has in place and believes in how the Lakers can be in the playoffs this year and build the Lakers into a champion team.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 2, 2018
The Lakers won a modest 35 wins last season, but it was huge nine games improvement from the year before, where they only won 26 games.
The addition of James along with free agent signings Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson and Javale McGee paired with James’ signing and potentially more free agent moves could very well vault the Lakers into the playoffs.