LeBron James isn’t wasting any time trying to improve the Lakers.
With the chaos in the Lakers’ front office finally over, their star playing is getting to work recruiting potential free agents. He has already had contact with the Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard and the 76ers’ Jimmy Butler about joining him in LA, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
The Lakers, who own the fourth pick in the draft after going 37-45 in James’ first season with the team, saw plenty of upheaval in their front office. Johnson abruptly stepped down as team president and accused general manager Rob Pelinka of talking behind his back. Pelinka fired coach Luke Walton after three seasons and replaced him with Frank Vogel.
“I don’t think LeBron is in position to be too picky,” Windhorst said on “Pardon the Interruption” on Thursday. “From what I understand he has already begun the recruiting process. I’ve heard he’s had contact with Kawhi Leonard. I’ve heard he’s had contact with Jimmy Butler. There is no tampering enforcement by players and while Magic Johnson, the guy who got in trouble for tampering before, is no longer there LeBron is tamperer-in-chief for the Lakers right now.”