Is LeBron James the Right Target for the Los Angeles Lakers?

No matter the plan, the franchise has to be careful about its options.

The Lakers’ window to add two stars is over the summers of 2018 and 2019. Come 2020, the Lakers project to be over the salary cap. It’s going to be a long time before the franchise can dip back into free agency with significant spending power.

And while James seems the obvious move, how long he’ll play at an elite level is a serious concern. Thompson or Leonard should play at All-Star levels for a lot longer than James will.

Few would brand signing James a “mistake,” but for the long term, he may not be the right play for this young Lakers fra