3 Moves the Lakers Can Make to Keep LeBron James (Without Drafting Bronny)

The Los Angeles Lakers have to act with a sense of urgency this summer to make sure LeBron James is happy.
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Despite the ongoing NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers, like the rest of the league, are preparing for the offseason. The most important thing the Lakers front office has to accomplish this summer is making sure they retain LeBron James.

LeBron is going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. If the Lakers want to re-sign him, they need to make sure they surround him with the right pieces, both in terms of coaching and roster. Considering that the 39-year-old only has a few more seasons left in him, the Lakers have to maximize the next few years to try to win another title.

There are a few moves the Lakers can make that would likely ensure LeBron staying. Bringing his son Bronny in is an obvious one, but what are some others?

Hire J.J. Redick

LeBron James' co-host on his podcast 'Mind the Game', J.J. Redick is considered a frontrunner for the Lakers head coaching opening. There has been reporting that James has nothing to do with the coach search but that is difficult to believe.

It is clear that James respects Redick's basketball intelligence. The former Duke star has been working as a TV analyst since retiring in 2021 and has impressed with his approach to basketball. It's hard to imagine that Redick would be the frontrunner for the position if it wasn't for LeBron.

Redick has no prior coaching experience. The Lakers job is one of the most challenging ones any head coach can have. Just ask Frank Vogel and Darvin Ham, who were regularly scapegoated despite working with less-than-optimal rosters.

However, Redick clearly has the upside of a great head coach. If LeBron James approves and the Lakers hire Redick, it will go a long way in keeping their superstar happy.