Los Angeles has its eyes on its own superteam.
LeBron James says he’s never played on a superteam.
Maybe he’ll be playing on one in Los Angeles in 2018.
Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding reports that the Lakers have their eyes on a potential LeBron-Paul George duo that could be put together before the 2018-19 season.
George has told Indiana he’s not re-signing and that L.A. is his preferred destination. Multiple NBA insiders think LeBron could leave the Cavs after the 2017-18 season and end up in California.
The Lakers have been disinclined to gut their young core to trade for George since they could sign him as a free agent in 2018. But since the Lakers would have to trade some of their youngsters for salary-cap space to sign both George and another max-caliber player such as James, giving up a solid player in Clarkson and his $50 million contract in a George trade comes much more easily. Trading Clarkson for a current or future draft pick in a separate deal makes a ton of sense given the Lakers’ need to keep adding talent and desire to clear future payroll.
A Paul George trade, with Los Angeles or Cleveland or someone else, could happen before Thursday’s NBA Draft.
James is expected to opt out of his contract with the Cavs after the 2017-18 season and assess his options then.