LeBron James has begun his recruiting efforts to bolster the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster this offseason in free agency.
The Lakers enter the offseason widely considered a longshot to sign someone on the level of Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant.
“From what I understand, he has already begun the recruiting process,” said Brian Windhorst. “I have heard he has had contact with Kawhi Leonard. I have heard he has had contact with Jimmy Butler. There’s no tampering enforcement by players. While Magic Johnson, the guy who got trouble for tampering before is no longer there, LeBron is tamperer-in-chief of the Lakers right now. 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 they’re going to have.
“I just don’t think the Lakers can be choosy. To be honest, I think the Lakers really have to look at the trade market. Would they be willing to make an offer Bradley Beal? Would they be willing to make an offer for a guy like DeMar Rozan who could possibly be on the trade block depending on whether the Spurs want to extend his contract? Would they be willing to wait for Anthony Davis a year from now?”