Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared his thoughts on social media.“I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders. Congrats to @MagicJohnson & @LALakersLive et al. Cross your fingers for news from San Antonio,” Abdul-Jabbar tweeted.What Abdul-Jabbar is likely referring to is a possible trade that would bring L.A. area native Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs to the Lakers.Leonard has expressed interest in joining the Lakers but remains under contract for another year with the Spurs before he can become a free agent.The ball is in the Lakers court to make a move and avoid having a situation similar to Paul George, who made it clear in the past that he wanted to play for the Lakers but ultimately decided to stay with Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder late Saturday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn purple and gold, James will be expected to carry that same mindset to an organization that has a young core to make up its roster and a rich history of winning championships.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Reaction quickly started to take over social media with comments, predictions and expectations for James and the Lakers.Lakers legend Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to respond to the news: “Welcome to the family @KingJames” and a job “well done” to Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.Point guard Lonzo Ball tweeted: “Y’all really thought he was gonna pass up the greatest city in the world… #TheKingIsHere.” Forward Kyle Kuzma tweeted his excited: “LAKESHOWWWW. @KingJames let’s go my brotha let’s rock.”A third member of the Lakers’ young core, Josh Hart tweeted “The SHOW is back.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Western Conference became a whole lot tougher Sunday when it was announced that LeBron James will leave the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career and join the Lakers.“Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons,” James posted on his Instagram story with a photo. “This will always be home.”The Cleveland native spent 11 of his 15 seasons in the NBA with the Cavaliers and led the organization to its first championship in 2016 during his second stint with the team.He spent four years with the Miami Heat, winning two championships with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years They weren’t the only L.A.-based athletes sharing thoughts on James.Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig tweeted “I am very excited to have @kingjames here with the @lakers We are looking forward to great things. I’ll see you soon Congratulations.”The Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimović tweeted: “Now LA has a God and a King! Zlatan welcomes @KingJames…”Days prior to James’ decision, former NBA players shared reactions to James as a free agent at the 2018 NBA Awards Show.Former NBA center Ben Wallace wasn’t willing to make a bold prediction about his former teammate’s next move after guessing wrong in the past.“I have learned not to partake in this type of conversation about LeBron because I didn’t think he was going to leave the Cavs and he left,” said Wallace, a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. “I didn’t think he was going to leave Miami and he left. I am going to follow along like everyone else.”James is expected to help the Lakers dethrone the Golden State Warriors as the top team in the league.“I don’t know (what LeBron’s decision will be),” said Latrell Sprewell, a former member of the Warriors. “We will have to see what he does but he has every option open to him.”James did have his options throughout the free agency process, including a chance to return to Cleveland, play in Houston for the Rockets or in Philadelphia for the 76ers. In the hours leading up to the announcement, James’ representatives reportedly met with members of the 76ers’ front office.Ryan Hollins, who played at UCLA and with the Clippers, held his stance that the four-time MVP was leaving Cleveland.“My assumption is why not (leave),” Hollins said on the NBA Awards red carpet. “I think he is coming to the Lakers. It just makes sense.”Other players shared a different opinion and believed LeBron would remain in Cleveland.“I hope not,” seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady said.“I hope players come to him,” said Kenny Smith, a TNT broadcaster and former NBA player. “It would be exciting to see people come to him instead of him going to someone else. He is a magnet and should be able to have people come play with him (in Cleveland).”In the hours following the move, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee agreed to join the Lakers on one-year deals also the team also re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a 1-year, $12 million deal.So what’s next for the Lakers?Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
NBA trade rumors: Heat have inquired about deal for Wizards’ Bradley Beal The Cavaliers will likely try to move Tristan Thompson and his contract, according to ESPN.With one season remaining on the five-year, $82 million deal he signed in 2015, the Cavaliers have a good trade piece in the defensive and rebounding specialist. Thompson averaged 10.9 points and 10.2 rebounds this season, but was limited to 43 games because of injuries.With an expiring contract, Thompson gives teams a chance to either pick him up and let him go into free agency or buy him out. Related News The question is only whether he is dealt before the season or at the deadline.Odds are it will come closer to the deadline, but he could be moved during the offseason.Cleveland also reportedly could move John Henson and there’s a possibility Kevin Love is dealt, as well. NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies explore Andre Iguodala market; Rockets, Mavs interested NBA trade rumors: Timberwolves could move Jeff Teague, Robert Covington Henson has one year left on his deal while Love has four years and $120 million left.The team wants to see how Love performs in John Beilein’s system this year before dealing him, though, so that might be a bit of a longshot.The money will also make him difficult to deal, but he is 30 years old so he could have a good future ahead of him.