"The Lakers plan hasn't changed. They want to get both of them," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Thursday, per ESPN Los Angeles.
Although L.A. general manager Rob Pelinka wouldn't tip his hand, he told Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated this week the franchise is in an enviable position with the salary cap.
"That's the beauty of it," he said. "Whatever the road becomes—Is it two max guys this summer? Is it one this summer and one the next? Is it splitting up the space and just growing this young core?—it's a good road to be on."
James and George can each utilize a player option in their contracts to become unrestricted free agents this summer. If they join forces with the Lakers, the team would instantly transform into a championship contender after five straight playoff-less seasons.
Los Angeles has a solid young core with Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The team needs more star power in an era dominated by it, though.
While James and George could provide the necessary boost, neither has been publicly willing to discuss their intentions.
"It's a long ways until the end of the season," George told reporters in February. "There's no awkwardness (being in LA amid all the Lakers speculation). I'm a Thunder (player), and that's all there is to it. I'm not one foot in, one foot out. I know what team I'm representing, and I know what our main goal is."
One thing's for sure: the pressure is on the Lakers' front office to make a splash with the team's diehard fanbase growing desperate for a winner.