LeBron James is obviously the Lakers' major acquisition of the summer, but he's not the only free agent Los Angeles has signed so far this offseason. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have made several other notable moves.
Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson have all been signed to one-year contracts with the Lakers. That's quite the trio of characters, to speak bluntly.
LeBron, though, is reportedly fully on-board with that.
"According to multiple sources within the Lakers and close to James, this is the rollout of a plan Johnson outlined for James the night of June 30 at James' home. The subsequent deals, which sources say James has consulted on but have been executed at Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka's direction, follow this vision," ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst report.
LeBron reportedly isn't pressuring the Lakers to make a move for another star, either.
But LeBron is a Laker, and he is not pressuring L.A. to acquire a second star now, per sources familiar with his thinking. His decision to come alone for three guaranteed seasons speaks for itself. He knows Ingram has at least borderline All-Star potential, and that the 2019 free-agency class is loaded beyond Leonard. He has faith in the combined powers of his supernova talent and the Lakers brand.
His patience will have limits. But reading between the lines, the Lakers probably have the next calendar year before LeBron applies urgent pressure.
LeBron agreed to a four-year contract with the Lakers, so it makes sense that he would be patient. He's clearly giving Los Angeles' front office time to build the best roster possible around him. And waiting for the 2019 free agency class to become available is likely the best way to do that.