LeBron James Expected To Make 2018 Decision Earlier Than 2010, 2014

The Lakers have also seemed to have taken a liking to Wagner, who the team has worked out this offseason.

The 6-foot-11 Wagner entered the draft after leading the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament championship game.

Moritz Wagner grew up in Berlin dreaming of an National Basketball Association career, and he went all the way to MI to chase it.

The Lakers used the No. 25 on MI (via Germany) big man Moritz Wagner, who most draft analysts had going early in the second round.

"When you build a team, you have to have pillars that you build on", Pelinka said.

"Moe Wagner, the game requires bigs who can spread the floor".

"We feel he's going to be a special, special player". We love him, this city loves him.

We got one last tango between LeBron James and Lance Stephenson.

If the Lakers aren't going to contend next year, why would LeBron go?

The Lakers were able to make a trade before the draft with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 39th overall pick in exchange for the Lakers' 2019 second-round pick via the Chicago Bulls and cash, according to Wojnarowski.

The Lakers, Cavaliers, Rockets and Sixers are early favorites to land "the King". Youngmisuk didn't just insinuate that Wagner is the type of athletic big that the Lakers are looking for.

"We want to respect his space during this process, and I continue to have really good dialogue with his management team as he goes through that process. This is a question where I can't win".

It's not like the Lakers, at least as now constructed, have a team that LeBron can compete with.

"They obviously are a very flashy franchise", Wagner said. I don't think they talk about him coming to Houston.

James went through a much more elaborate courtship when he was a free agent in 2010.

The start of NBA Free Agency is just around the corner, which means the NBA rumors are flowing. The former UCLA standout averages a career double-double and is a 37 percent 3-point shooter for his career. He joined Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to have 20 points and 15 rebounds in a national semifinal. His 38 percent 3-point mark isn't bad either. After testing the waters of the National Basketball Association last season, Wagner went back to school to improve, and he certainly did. I just can't stop smiling. If the Lakers mystique is still alive and well, now is the time to prove it.

On Thursday night, the NBA Draft took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. While that may be a slight blow, the Lakers still have other superstars on their radar as well as the possibility to sign Leonard next summer. With five picks left to play with and a stockpile of present and future assets, expect plenty of movement from Brett Brown's squad on draft night.

James is believed to be mainly deciding between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have positioned themselves to make a run at LeBron James and Paul George with the ability to create to max contract slots.

  • Stacy Allen