Is LeBron James Headed To the Lakers Next Season?

Woodrow Bellamy IIIContributor IMarch 1, 2010

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 25:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on from the bench against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on February 25, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 108-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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According to NBC Sports, sources close to Phil Jackson are saying that LeBron James wants to be a Los Angeles Laker next year.

"LeBron wants to win. He's a smart guy, and Phil loves LeBron, absolutely loves him," said the source which wished to remain anonymous.

There are also rumors that the Lakers want to acquire Lebron because Kobe is getting older and will likely retire soon. 

LeBron will be the biggest name on the free agent market this summer, however the Lakers have no salary cap room, and would have to sign LeBron at a very low salary (close to league minimum), which a player of Lebron's caliber would likely not agree to.

The other option would be to trade for him, but that seems highly unlikely as well, because why on earth would ANYONE, let alone his hometown Cavaliers trade LeBron James?

This rumor seems highly unlikely to happen, especially with all the hype that's been surrounding LeBron going to the Knicks for the past two seasons.  New York has expressed strong interest, and LeBron is a huge Yankees fans, so who knows what may happen there.

One thing's for sure though, if LeBron were to go to the Lakers, Kobe would certainly have the final say on it.  He may be getting older, but he's not a grandpa yet.  Kobe still has a lot left in the tank, and should be able to perform at a very high level for at least another three seasons due to his off season conditioning program.  He's played a lot of games though in recent seasons, going to the NBA Finals twice and playing in the Olympics has surely had an impact on his body. 

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If Lebron goes to L.A. and Kobe is still there, are there enough shots to go around?  We saw what happened with Kobe and Shaq, however Kobe is more mature and wiser now, so any complaints about shot attempts would probably not be an issue.

Can you imagine that two headed monster of Kobe and Lebron?  Add in Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Derek Fisher, and you might as well shut down the league.  

Stay tuned to see if further developments occur with this story.


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