One of the few veteran players who made a big impact on the team last season, may not actually return to the Lakers.
The Lakers currently have a roster that includes 11 players on guaranteed deals, plus two (Austin Reaves and Vanyan Gabriel) on non-guaranteed contracts that appear likely to remain. That leaves two spots on the team’s final 15-man roster.
If the Lakers manage to trade Westbrook, the board can add two more players to their roster. So it makes sense that Rob Plinka still hasn’t brought back any veterans who are still available who played in Los Angeles last year.
Of all of them, Carmelo Anthony makes the most sense, as he can help out wide and can also fill the scoring need when LeBron James and Anthony Davis aren’t around.
Speaking with Michael Sacto on a new edition of The HoopsHype podcast, The Athletic’s Juvan Buha noted that while a return to Los Angeles could make sense for both Anthony and the Lakers, he cautioned that a young Juan Toscano-Anderson combination could have served effectively. to mark Anthony’s replacement in the squad.
LeBron James reveals a challenging career goal
By the looks of it, LeBron James is much more ready to play than we all realize.
Time moves on for all players, but LeBron has managed to stay in the league’s elite and is still in the conversation as the greatest player of all time. There’s no telling how long LeBron can continue to play near that level, but he seems determined to play long enough to potentially join his son Brony James.
LeBron and his sons Brony and Bryce recently appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and in a wide-ranging interview he revealed that he’s been paying attention to the team’s draft pick situations in an effort to possibly play with both boys, via Chris. Ballard of Sports Illustrated. Yes, with her two children!
“When I ask about details, he rejects the question. ‘I like to throw things in the air, but I’m not one to say what’s going to happen in the next two or three years. I’m a visionary, but I’m also a guy who lives in the moment.’
“Still, the wheels are already turning. Are free agency negotiations and trades happening all around us? ‘I’ll definitely be looking at whoever gets 2024, 2025 first round picks, that kind of stuff… 2026, 27 as well I’m paying attention to that kind of stuff.’
“I do the math – 2027? – and I nod at Bryce. “Any chance you’ll stay with this guy too?”
LeBron smiles. “I feel like I can play for a long time. So it all depends on my body, but more importantly, my mind. If my mind can stay sharp, fresh and motivated, then the sky’s not even the limit for me. I can go beyond that. But we’ll see.”
LeBron has been vocal about his desire to play with Bruney, who is up for the 2024 draft. But Bryce won’t be able to pursue an NBA spot until 2027 at the earliest. While it may seem crazy to think that LeBron could play in the league for so long, he has proven that he knows how to take care of his body and keep himself sharp for it.
Chris Paul thinks LeBron James won’t be slowing down anytime soon
What LeBron has been able to do late in his career is almost unprecedented, which is why the Lakers hope they can chase a title in the near future. His teammates have been amazed at how he’s been able to play so well for so long, and Chris Paul believes he won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
LeBron James’ newest investment alongside Drake
LeBron James already owns shares in several major professional sports teams, and on Tuesday his latest investment was announced.
According to the Financial Times, LeBron, rapper Drake and the New York Yankees will participate in the 1.2 billion euro purchase of the legendary Italian club AC Milan.
“The baseball franchise of the New York Yankees and an investment fund in Los Angeles are investing in AC Milan alongside the American private equity group RedBird, which is closing a 1.2 billion euro takeover of the champion Italy. Two people with direct knowledge of the matter.” reported Samuel Agini, 3 James Fontanelle-Kahn and Sara Germano of the Financial Times.
“The baseball team, owned by the Steinbrenner family, and Main Street Advisors, a Los Angeles fund that counts basketball star LeBron James, famous music producer Jimmy Iovine and rapper Drake among its investors, will become shareholders of the Serie A group.”
By joining the Milan ownership group, LeBron will now become part owner of four different clubs. He already has shares in the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Penguins and Liverpool FC.
LeBron is expected to be a passive investor in the Italian team through funds.
“James, Iovine and Drake are passive investors in Milan through funds and have not taken direct stakes,” Aghini, Fontanella-Kahn and Germano wrote.
Interestingly, Liverpool and AC Milan have quite an exciting shared history when it comes to their duels.
The teams have faced each other twice in the UEFA Champions League final (in 2005 and 2007), with Liverpool winning the first in an epic comeback and the Italian side winning the second leg in 2007.
For LeBron, he will certainly spend some time basking in the success of the new team he is associated with before returning to the court in October.