LeBron James not interested in wild free agency process

The Lakers were the second-worst 3-point shooting team in the National Basketball Association last season. Coach (Luke) Walton used to play as well, so he's a players' coach, and he wants his players to make plays, be confident. Even though the franchise have finished with a losing record for five consecutive years, the expectations for the coming season are sky-high thanks to the position they find themselves in. We love him, this city loves him.

"I'll personally feel a sense of urgency until we win a championship, I won't rest until then", Pelinka added.

A title won't be on the line for the Lakers this summer, but the pressure to deliver will be comparable.

Using the No. 39 pick they acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers (will be official after the National Basketball Association moratorium period), the Lakers selected another German, 18-year-old Isaac Bonga. In fact, they might have had an impact on the pick ultimately being made. He said he considers another player of that generation, Kobe Bryant, to be the greatest Laker of all time. 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". Magic is up there, of course.

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


"They obviously are a flashy franchise, they like to play fast", Wagner said.

With Julius Randle about to hit restricted free agency, the Lakers' selection of Wagner gives them some depth inside. In his junior season, Wagner was able to set new career-highs with 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. His 38 percent 3-point mark isn't bad either. Wagner can play with his back to the basket and he is a decent passer.

Now that there has been time to digest the picks, it's time to take a closer look. 38, 56 and 60 in the second round in addition to the 10 and 26 picks in the first round. That said, the other teams in the mix for a Kawhi trade this summer are rightly anxious that Kawhi will be nothing more than a rental as he will find his way to the Lakers one way or another. Newman will join Kansas teammate Svi Mykhailiuk with the Lakers, selected 47th overall in Thursday's draft.

If he decides to pick up his option, he could still leave Cleveland, but only via trade. When he became a free agent in 2014, LeBron met with only the Heat and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in person.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - As the Los Angeles Lakers prepare for a potentially NBA-altering free agency, general manager Rob Pelinka fully understands that opposing teams will not be eager to help the Lakers build a potential super team.

The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.


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