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LeBron James is no stranger to orchestrating superstar trios.
With the Los Angeles Lakers already having agreed to trade for Davis, James should be on the recruiting trail to lure one of the top free agents and complete his newest Big Three.
One major factor to consider: the Lakers could be down to only $23.7 million in cap space if Davis refuses to waive his trade kicker and the trade becomes finalized July 6, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.
The Lakers are doing all they can to create a max cap slot, offering Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga to teams in an attempt to reach $32 million in space, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Kemba Walker would be a great offensive option. Jimmy Butler would bring scoring, defense and intensity. Even bringing D’Angelo Russell back to L.A. makes sense now.
Out of all the stars available, James should first reach out to Irving.
A triumvirate of James, Irving and Davis would not only be the NBA‘s best, but it would be the greatest collection of superstars James has ever played with.
The thought of Irving willingly signing on to play with James again seemed impossible two years ago.
After the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals, James and Irving embraced in the Oracle Arena tunnel. With confetti falling behind them, James told Irving, “We’ll be back”.
That never happened.
Weeks later, Irving asked the Cavs to trade him, citing his desire to be the focal point of an offense and no longer wanting to play with James.
“I don’t think anybody in the organization sensed this coming,” James said of Irving’s trade request at the Cavs’ media day that September. “It was definitely a shock.”
This was the first time any teammate in James’ then-14-year-career had openly asked to leave him, which left him questioning what he did wrong.
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“I had a ton of emotions,” James said. “I was wondering if there was something I could have did better to make him not want to be traded. …
“I tried to do whatever I could do to help the kid out, be the best player he could be—try to help him be a better leader, a better scorer, a better floor general, a better defender, a better passer, getting guys involved, a better leader vocally. I tried to give him everything and give him as much as the DNA as I could. Because like I told you guys throughout the season, at some point, when he was ready to take over the keys, I was ready to give them to him.”
Irving was 22 and James 29 when they first teamed up in Cleveland. Now that they’re 27 and 34, respectively, it may finally be time for James to pass the keys.
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