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Three reasons why LeBron James won’t sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this Summer

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King James vs Lonzo Ball

Last Thursday, LeBron James aka King James and Lonzo Ball went head to head as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 121-112. The Lakers provided a fight for the 2017 Eastern Conference champions.

However, down the stretch, the Lakers were not able to seal the deal. With free agency looming, rumors have continued to increase the possibility of King James signing with the Lakers.

After the game, James spoke to Ball with his jersey over his mouth. Although we do not know what exactly was said, I am sure the conversation was nothing, but positivity and a slight touch of watch your back.

Now for all the Laker fans across the world, I have three reasons why King James will not be signing with the franchise come summer time.

Lonzo Ball:

The former UCLA guard is probably the closest thing to a true point guard. When I use the term “true point guard” I am merely stating that he is a pass-first guard. Ball can elevate the play of his teammates without looking to score first.

Most guards today must score first in order to have an impact on the game except for Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo and Ben Simmons.Yes, I count Simmons as a point guard.

Ball’s game would take a huge step back if the 4-time MVP joined the Lakers. The 6-foot-6 guard struggles to be aggressive which effects the rest of his game. The former Bruin scored a season-high 29 points against the Phoenix Suns week one of the NBA season.

Adding King James would cripple part of his game. LBJ tends to bring the Ball up for whatever team that he is on. During his first stint in Cleveland, it was either Delonte West, Eric Snow, Mo Williams or himself who brought the ball up. While playing in Miami Mario Chalmers Dwyane Wade and himself brought the ball up.

When returning to Cleveland the King and Kyrie Irving handled the rock. However, Irving was the most effective because he averaged 25.2 points per game. Irving had the capability of playing on and off the court. The former Cavalier did not shy away from the spotlight hence the infamous step back three to win the championship in 2016.

By no way am I comparing Irving to Ball, the two are in different leagues. Irving has a different style of play and he can score from any place on the court at any time and occasionally can play solid defense. If James brings the ball up the floor it would force Ball to be a spot-up shooter at times.

Aside from his unorthodox shooting motion, the guard has been second-guessing his shot all season. Ball would suffer on the offensive side and he may struggle to get into a rhythm. As we all know adding LBJ would also mean that there is a new sheriff in town.

What would the Chino Hills native do without the ball in his hand?

I am not sure that he would be effective without having the rock in his hands. While playing at UCLA the former Bruin could shoot over smaller defenders or use his athleticism to separate himself from defenders. Currently, the Laker guard is averaging 9.1 points, 7.2 assist and 6.9 rebounds per game.

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Lavar Ball:

Now we all remember the exchange of words that took place between LeBron James and LaVar Ball. It wasn’t the best introduction between the two and I am sure that the King still has a few words for the CEO of the Big Baller Brand.

Joining the Lakers would also mean accepting LaVar into the fold. Not to mention the Lakers have already asked the BBB spokesman to tone it down several times. Imagine if the team has a bad game and he puts the small forward on blast.

I am sure the two would go back and forth until someone has the last words.

The current Laker team is young and I am not sure that having a 3-time-Champion in James, more pressure and drama would be their desired idea.

Two Young + Father Time:

The way that the 3-time NBA champion takes care of his body reminds me of Terrell Owens minus the “that’s my quarterback rant” (insert crying emoji). December 30th, the Ohio native will turn 33-years-old.

As of now the 6-foot-8 forward shows no signs of slowing down, but let’s face it he does not want to be a part of a rebuilding project. Leaving Cleveland would mean giving up a .90 percent chance of going to the finals yearly. Joining the Lakers would take away a guaranteed playoff berth.

If you are Magic Johnson president of basketball operations, what is your pitch to the 32-year-old forward? I don’t know maybe you can promise him a television show, movie, and a record deal. But here is the thing LBJ has already done two out of the three things.

Plus, I am not sure I would want to hear James rap.

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Lakers management can bring in one max player, but the team has made it clear that they will most likely not bring back Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Luol Dang, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Magic has made it clear that he plans to build around Ball, Larry Nance Jr., Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.

The four have shown promise, especially Kuzma who has surprised most starting with his performance in the summer league. The three are averaging a combined 50.4 points, 13 assist and 26.4 rebounds per game. Not to mention all four players record at least one steal per game.

However, adding James wouldn’t guarantee them beating the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets or San Antonio Spurs. At this point in time, King James has a better chance of winning in Cleveland and let’s not forget that Isaiah Thomas could come back as early as Christmas.

If Thomas excels the team would be able to sign him to a max. But, Cleveland’s front office should be prepared if Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins become available.

Sorry Kevin Love, but there are some moves that can still happen.

Moving to L.A would just be a setback and an experiment at best.

Will King James end up in LA this summer?

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