Michigan Basketball: Could Moe Wagner be the Lakers Kevin Love?

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

It's getting real, too, as James' deadline to opt into the final year of his Cavs' contract is approaching later this week.

Moritz Wagner speaks to the media after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers at the 2018 NBA Draft on June 21, 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Going even further, would that team be good enough to defeat Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals?

The Pacers will decline Stephenson's $4.36 million team option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent. According to, the team now has $30.5 million in practical cap space, which is the money they'll have free once they renounce the rights to free agents J.J. Redick, Amir Johnson, Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova.

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, James doesn't plan on taking part in elaborate pitch meetings, as he has during his previous recruitments. Well, that was before he found his way out of IN and into an Oklahoma City situation that might suit him well after all. "So really any road we go down we're really confident in but obviously for Lakers fans we want to be good, we want to be back in the playoffs where Lakers deserve to be and competing for a championship".

Earlier today, Bleacher Report's Tom Haberstroh published an article kicking off "LeBron Week", which laid out all the reasons James should consider signing with the Rockets.

Ultimately, that trade never happened as the San Antonio Spurs reportedly shut the door on any possible trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Spurs have also told reporters that they hope to fix the relationship with Leonard. NBA Trade Rumors Kawhi LeBron Lakers is sure to be one of the more searched topics in the coming days. LeBron and his team feel confident they can make their decision without much external input.

ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst, meanwhile, believes that a decision from James will be announced before July 4. "So, that would require him moving to a place that he's not insane about". Windhorst wondered on "The Lowe Post" podcast if James might end up having to sacrifice some of his desires - team competitiveness or what makes his family happiest.