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LeBron James signing with the Lakers a ‘longshot’

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One long-rumored destination for James is considered unlikely.

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The Lakers have long been considered a likely destination for LeBron James next summer. That, though, may be unlikely, according to a new report.

In a new story by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne, James signing with the Lakers next summer is a ‘longshot’. From the story:

So imagining James' last act coming in purple and gold isn't without basis. But as of now, it's also a longshot, according to league sources. Still, expect the atmosphere, and the intrigue, to be as thick as the winter storm battering Cleveland when the Lakers and Cavaliers play Thursday night.

The Lakers are going to pursue LeBron, and other max-level stars too. And considering James has a home in Los Angeles and off the court interests, it’s a place that seems like a landing spot for James. But, at the same time, James has to be convinced that they can win. And while Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram may be really good one day, they aren’t yet.

Could the Lakers lure another star — Paul George, perhaps — and draw James to the West Coast? Sure. But, for now, it seems unlikely that James will take his talents to Los Angeles.