For obvious reasons, any team would love to have the talents of James since there's a reason why he's considered one of the greatest players of all time, and he would have increased Philadelphia's chances of winning next year's NBA Finals.
The Lakers have been in talks with the Spurs for the disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, but the Spurs seem more enamored with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and future draft picks than they do Ball. He is also is a ball dominant guard, a style that does not benefit playing with the ultimate ball dominant player, LeBron. Though with James joining the team this week, the Lakers' starting lineup is going to look completely different next season. "And Rondo is going to challenge Lonzo Ball". If Booker signs the proposed extension, he will become the highest paid player in the team's history.
You have to appreciate the amount of confidence he has in the Lakers - especially as they'll have to get past a Warriors starting lineup that rivals the best in National Basketball Association history in order to bring those championships to Los Angeles. It's been a sad three or four years for them.More news: SpaceX Launches AI Robot, Fresh Supplies For ISS Crew
It is very likely that Lakers' front office discussed these deals with James and his representatives prior to finalizing them, which means he doesn't have the same concerns that many people outside of the Lakers' organization do. James will join the Lakers on a four-year contract worth a total of $154million, according to a press release by Klutch Sports Group.
That might not necessarily be a bad thing either, given their disastrous selection of Anthony Bennet at number one pick of the 2013 draft had long-lasting effects, which partially contributed to the current situation. It is especially concerning that the Lakers couldn't convince Paul George to meet with them before deciding to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
At the trade deadline, Thomas, fan favorite Channing Frye and a first-round pick would be sent to the Los Angeles Lakers in a move that would net them Jordan Clarkson and Cavs legacy player Larry Nance Jr.