1. LeBron and Los Angeles are not a good match to begin with
Everyone paints Los Angeles to be the perfect destination for LeBron James for multiple reasons. Of course, LA has a massive market and what bigger star to bring into LA than LeBron James? Kobe Bryant is the face of this city, and although that causes fans to hate LeBron, just imagine how much LeBron’s image would grow in Los Angeles.
There were even three distinct reasons cited why LeBron wants to go to LA in 2018. First, was to set up a post-NBA acting career. Second to establish a path to ownership with the Lakers. Third to be the first all-star to win a title on three separate teams. While all this sounds nice, it simply is not realistic.
First and foremost, LeBron and young talent do not mesh well together. When James returned to the Cavaliers he reassumed his “GM role” and the franchise traded first overall pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love. Although that was the right move in hindsight, Wiggins potential at the time was massive.
Los Angeles simply has too many young stars that LeBron would want to trade away for established veterans. If Los Angeles is smart, they would not want to trade the foundation they built upon. Plus., bringing in LeBron would only complicate things with current small forward Brandon Ingram.
As lucrative as LeBron in Los Angeles seems, there is no reason why James should want to come to a Western Conference team that he does not even match up well with.