The NBA’s 2018-19 season hasn’t ended yet, with the Raptors and the Warriors set to meet in the Finals next week, but recruiting season has already begun for LeBron James.
James spent his first season with the Lakers as the lone All-Star on the team. He appears to be set on changing that in 2019-20.
At least four NBA stars have been mentioned as potential options for the Lakers this summer, with LeBron reportedly already doing some recruiting.
The four stars: Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis.
Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler
Leonard is still playing for the Toronto Raptors, but he’s a California native and many believe he wants to come back to Southern California.
Butler, meanwhile, is coming off a season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Thursday that LeBron had already been in contact with the two star players.
“From what I understand, he has already begun the recruiting process. I’ve heard he has had contact with Kawhi Leonard. I’ve heard he has had contact with Jimmy Butler. There is no tampering enforcement by players. … The thing about it is, I don’t know if texts and calls and maybe a dinner with LeBron is enough for the Lakers to overcome the hurdles that they’re going to have.”
Would LeBron and Kyrie really want to play together after a messy divorce in Cleveland?
The answer appears to be yes.
It’s unclear if Irving is legitimately considering Los Angeles as an option, but he’s reportedly open to the idea, and LeBron is, too.
There’s already been contact this offseason, too.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) May 24, 2019
Davis is the most-obvious target for LeBron and the Lakers, though his contract situation in New Orleans complicates things. He has one year left on his deal and with the Pelicans getting the No. 1 pick (and Zion Williamson), they might not give into his trade request.
Still, LeBron is doing his best to get him to Los Angeles.
So Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, LeBron James & Rich Paul had dinner last night in Malibu 🤔
— UNTOUCHABLE (@KingJamesSzn) May 23, 2019
The NBA’s free agency period officially begins on Sunday, June 30.