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03:00  24 may  2019
03:00  24 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Report: People close to Jeanie Buss 'imploring her to trade LeBron James'

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Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler is reportedly open to the idea of signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency to play with LeBron When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to go to the desired page. Touch device users, explore by touch

LEBRON JAMES will be aiming to help bring in a top free agent to the Los Angeles Lakers next summer, but two The Lakers made the biggest acquisition in the summer by signing James in free agency , ending his The Lakers tried to trade for Kawhi Leonard in the summer (Image: GETTY).

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LeBron James’ focus appears to be on the Lakers’ offseason plans.

The 34-year-old star has already begun attempting to recruit upcoming free agents to Los Angeles and he has been in “contact” with Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Thursday during an appearance on “Pardon the Interruption.”

Windhorst added:

“From what I understand, he has already begun the recruiting process. I’ve heard he has had contact with Kawhi Leonard. I’ve heard he has had contact with Jimmy Butler. There is no tampering enforcement by players. … 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 that they’re going to have.”

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It sure sounds like Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler could become Clippers together because of LeBron James . However, that is beginning to look less and less promising. The star-studded 2019 free agent The three stars that are set to join Butler and Leonard in free agency are Kevin Durant

There have been reports that Kawhi Leonard , another top free agent next summer, is reportedly hesitant to play with James , too. We know that Butler is one of the NBA’s last remaining alpha dogs, complete with a my-way-or-the-highway approach that rubbed teammates in Chicago and Minnesota

The Lakers missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season in 2018-19. But they still have James under contract for at least two more years, will have max cap space this offseason and the fourth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

James told Bleacher Report last month he “will be as active” as he needs to be to help the team improve.

“That's why I came here,” James said at the time. “I came here to win. And obviously, we need to get better, as far as our personnel. We have an opportunity to get better. And there's a lot of talent out there, and a lot of guys that can help our franchise.

“It (adding another star) is very critical to me and my future. Obviously, the franchise is going to live forever. But for me personally, it's very critical, because I want to compete, and I want to compete now."

Prepare yourself for ‘LeBron to the Knicks’ rumors if the Lakers turmoil continues

Prepare yourself for ‘LeBron to the Knicks’ rumors if the Lakers turmoil continues Get ready.

The Los Angeles Lakers are poised to be big players in free agency next offseason, but landing a star to go alongside LeBron James could prove According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, there are "whispers" around the NBA that Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard don't want to team with LeBron .

The Lakers desperately want to add a second star for LeBron James . It doesn’t sound like Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler will be interested. Maybe DeMarcus Cousins fully recovers from his torn achilles, but having seen the Lakers go down that road with Kobe Bryant, I have to imagine there’s

The Lakers entered the season with high expectations after James left the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the team in July. Los Angeles opened with a 20-14 record before James strained his groin Dec. 25. He missed the next 17 games and the team never recovered.

Los Angeles also dealt with injuries to key role players — including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma — throughout 2018-19.

Kyrie Irving has also become “more open” to signing with the Lakers this summer, according to an earlier report from ESPN.

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Report: It’s between Lakers, Nets for Kyrie Irving.
A lot has been made about the possibility of Boston Celtics star guard Kyrie Irving landing with the New York Knicks. Despite the Knicks’ struggles on the court, New York City is still seen as the Mecca of the basketball world. Most recently, Irving’s potential destinations in free agency this coming July have included the Brooklyn Nets. Seen as closer to contending and with a much better front office structure, Brooklyn is expected to be players for star talent during the summer. The same can’t really be said for a drama-filled Los Angeles Lakers team. In fact, LeBron James is concerned said drama might limit Los Angeles’ ability to add a star player.

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