James won’t be the only marquee name free agent available this summer. Here are a few more to keep an eye on:
Oklahoma City Thunder star guard Paul George is expected to opt out of his contract.
It’s hard to imagine Kevin Durant leaving the Golden State Warriors, but he has a player’s option that would allow him to become a free agent.
Other notable free agents include Paul, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Cleveland guard Isaiah Thomas.
The trade deadline arrives on Feb. 8
On to the speculation:
The Lakers have the ability to sign two maximum free agents next offseason by trading Luol Deng, Jordan Clarkson or Julius Randle before the trade deadline. James, who has two homes in Los Angeles, is the most coveted target. George, who is from Southern California, and Cousins have long had an interest in playing for the Lakers. There will be a lot of pressure on Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka to add star talent to their intriguing young squad.