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Proposed Blockbuster Pairing LeBron James with Steph Curry, Warriors

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has once again made waves with comments about a possible partnership with the Golden State Warriors. On the final episode of his show, The Shop: Uninterrupted, he was asked which of this year’s NBA playoff teams he would transfer to if he didn’t play in La La Land. This was his answer:

“If it was a team I know, I could make an immediate impact in the postseason
and we could be very special, yes it would be either Miami or the Golden State.”

The King then went on to wax poetic about the curse with dubs star Draymond Green, saying: “I would love that.” And while there’s no doubt they would make an incredible pairing, it is the union of James with Stephen Curry that fans really want to see.

To that end, here’s a possible trade that would see LeBron make his big move to Steph and Draymond’s home on the Bay.

To put Steph and LeBron on the same page – announced to spectacular effect during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game – we propose the following mega deal between the Warriors and the Lakers:

This could be a difficult sale for Lakers fans, but it’s exactly the kind of move the club’s front office should be thinking about. By the looks of it, Los Angeles is out of the playoffs, older than dirt, and paying a ridiculous premium for that combination. In other words, they need a reboot in the worst possible way.

So, accumulating high-level prospects and siphoning off assets while they rake in money should really become their modus operandi.

By making that move with the dubs, they get back a former No. 2 pick – possibly with Superstar on top – in Wiseman, a highly regarded wing contender with Moody, and an all-star with Wiggins, who disappears from the books thereafter would next season. And after the biggest domino falls, Rob Pelinka could tear it down and really build something lasting.

Also, this 2026 first-rounder could become incredibly valuable as Curry, Green and Klay Thompson age and the Warriors move into their next phase.

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There’s no doubt that this dual-timeline approach to rostering for the Warriors is rocking and rolling right now. However, they are no longer the juggernaut they were a few years ago. And the Steph Klay Dray core cannot be expected to perform at such a high level forever.

If so, Golden State will need to capitalize on the trio’s opportunities and put them in the best possible position to bring home another title or two.

LeBron showed no sign of slowing down last season, averaging 30.3 points – the second best mark of his career – 8.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.3 steals per contest with splits of 52-36-76. That kind of production alone would, as James said, “make an impression”. And the different lineup permutations you can put together with a player of his size and skill is delicious.

With the Lakers essentially without a center for parts of the ’21-22 campaign, then-coach Frank Vogel experimented with LeBron in pivot and hit pay dirt. Now imagine that the “Death Lineup” dubs have changed with Steve Kerr using him in the same way alongside Green, Thompson, Steph and Jordan Poole.

The Warriors are also making a high-level point with time on his side with Kendrick Nunn, who can act as a point of contact in the second session.

No doubt trading LeBron away for a year or two to three (assuming he re-ups) hurts a bit, but for a shortened period of time, Golden State would burn brighter than pretty much any team we have. have ever seen.

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The Warriors are also making a high-level point with time on his side with Kendrick Nunn, who can act as a point of contact in the second session.

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