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LeBron James concerned with the state of the Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers endured a miserable 18/19 season, and the franchise is now facing a difficult summer. Magic Johnson has already left the team, while reports continue to expose ongoing power struggles behind the scenes. Due to the ongoing turmoil, Sam Amick of The Athletic is reporting that LeBron James is concerned by the current state of the franchise:
Even before Magic's latest move, sources close to LeBron James expressed concern that the combination of Magic’s messy exit and all the negative Lakers headlines threatened to sabotage their summer.
The challenge of convincing another elite star to come to town was already seen as daunting around the league, and now these horrendous optics make that uphill climb far worse.
Top-tier talents like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and all the rest of them will have plenty of options when July rolls around, and none – not even the Knicks and certainly not the crosstown Clippers – have the Lakers’ level of dysfunction that’s being exposed right now.
Entering the offseason, the Lakers are hopeful of completing a trade for Anthony Davis, while also adding shooters around LeBron James.