LaVar Ball speaks out on LeBron, Lonzo

LaVar Ball speaks out on LeBron, Lonzo

The Lakers President did not mess around.

The Lakers won only 35 games last season and were placed 11th in the Western Conference.

Genesco Sports Enterprises CEO John Tatum on the impact of state taxes on athletes such as the NBA's LeBron James who play across the country and efforts by Gov. Phil Murphy, (D-N.J.), to imposing a tax on corporations and the wealthy in New Jersey. But regardless of what happens, James made his commitment clear and that allows the Lakers front office to be patient in putting the right team around him.

The best player of his generation might no longer be the best recruiter in the league. James already was aware of the upstate challenge he'll face after losing three of the last four NBA Finals to the Warriors in Cleveland. Perhaps a trade involving Lillard will be one of them.

Meanwhile, back in Cleveland, the city James departed for a second time is moving quickly to say goodbye to James after a departure, having suffered through similar pains when he left the Cavaliers in 2010 for the Miami Heat.

The most interesting storyline for the Lakers may be how die-hard fans of James co-exist with die-hard Lakers fans.

Ball's fans might fear those numbers will dip and his development might stall following Rondo's arrival from the New Orleans Pelicans.

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"Lonzo makes everybody better, including (LeBron)", Ball said.

Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas and several others are out. A native of southern California, in the summer of 2017 George told the Indiana Pacers he wanted to sign for the Lakers as a free agent this season, before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. So far, the Lakers appear to be unwilling to part with their young players like Kyle Kuzma in a potential deal.

That process could still reportedly include the addition of Kawhi Leonard this year via a trade or next offseason when he becomes a free agent. The three-time National Basketball Association champion will nearly surely drag the Lakers to their first post-season since 2013, but his new team remains short of being a realistic challenger for the title. Does LeBron Want to Play With Lonzo? 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.

ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Los Angeles Times and New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Rondo will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers for USD9 million after releasing forward Julius Randle to free up space under the National Basketball Association salary cap.

The answer is a bit nuanced, as this may not exactly be the final roster heading into training camp, but the Lakers do not have enough cap space remaining to make a major move through free agency.

Rajon Rondo isn't coming to Los Angeles to watch LeBron James play from afar. Everything is in place.

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