L.A. Lakers franchise star LeBron James has been known in the past to strongly voice his opinions to the front-office over roster moves via trade or free-agency.
However, according to NBA writer Mark Medina, the 4x NBA champion is believed to have taken a step back, remaining ‘largely hands off’ after a move he advocated for in 2021 proved to be hugely unsuccessful.
NBA news – L.A. Lakers
One of the NBA’s most successful franchises, the L.A. Lakers, have already begun to shape their roster ahead of the start of the 2023-24 season as they look to cement themselves as contenders in the Western Conference.
Ahead of free-agency which begun last Friday, L.A. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka told reporters that the team wanted to “keep this core of guys together” while also looking to add additional pieces to fine-tune a squad that made it all the way to the Western Conference finals.
The Lakers’ supposed preference for valuing continuity was realized when they chose to exercise Jarred Vanderbilt’s team option, and re-signed two of their key playoff performers in Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura, while also managing to sign D’Angelo Russell to a discounted deal.
Senior NBA reporter Jake Fischer praised the Lakers for their “marked improvements” on the opening day of free-agency where they picked up former Miami Heat guard, Gabe Vincent, on a 3-year, $33 million deal, as well as adding Taurean Prince, Cam Reddish and Jaxson Hayes to near veteran-minimum deals.
According to a post from LeBron James on social media, he seems to be excited about the newly-formed roster, although how much of an influence he had in the decision-making process remains unclear.