76ers going 'all in' to clear cap space for LeBron James

Lakers add German big man Moritz Wagner to young core ahead of free-agent sweepstakes

'He literally lights up a room': Lakers thrilled to draft Michigan's Wagner

The fact that he went to school at Fresno State and is a California native, moving to the Los Angeles Lakers seems logical, especially if James decides to move to the West for the first time in his career.

LA can possibly sign someone else to lure James (Chris Paul), but it will be devastating to the franchise if they can't get George.

Although George is yet to hit the open market, there are many who believe that his deciding to take his talents to Los Angeles to join the Lakers is a foregone conclusion.

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.

LeBron James is widely expected to opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become a free agent, but it sounds like his decision-making process will be a lot different this summer than it was in the past.

The Lakers aren't going into this offseason with hope, they're going in with a mandate: turn this lottery team into an instant contender.

"If you have success in any walk of life, you're going to face that", Pelinka said.

After they hunt better wings, they could even bring back Stephenson at a lower salary.

LeBron James is the ultimate target and a gettable one for the Lakers through free agency.

Wagner could also be a potential replacement for Kuzma, who could be part of a trade to get Leonard.

It should be noted that ESPN's Brian Windhorst (who is regarded as the most plugged in source as it relates to LeBron James) did a segment on a radio station in Cleveland and guessed that James' decision would come before the Fourth of July.

However, with free agency nearing, it appears as though some of James' best options are falling away. I'll assume that means guaranteeing Collison's $10 million salary rather than waiving him ($2 million guaranteed) and attempting to re-sign him for less.

The LeBron-to-Philly speculation has run rampant throughout social media and Philadelphia during nearly the 2017-18. There's no need for elaborate package deals, cap space manuevering, or league-shifting moves to get this done.

And if that's not enough, then LeBron to Philly was never in the cards to begin with, no matter how many billboards and flying banners Sixers fans put up to drive the point home.

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