LeBron James has further tilted the NBA’s axis toward the West.
But that wasn’t the big surprise — rather it was how he chose to do it, giving the Lakers a four-year contract. The Cavaliers only got two years after a title. It gives the Lakers time to build smartly, rather than overpay in a Kawhi Leonard trade or for veteran free agents.
What are the Lakers doing with that? In a word, flexibility. In a few words, thinking about the summer of 2019.
I get into all of it in this latest PBT Extra.