LeBron James to teams: I don't want your pitches

LeBron James to teams: I don't want your pitches

LeBron James to teams: I don't want your pitches

Amid a bevy of reports that James is strongly considering leaving Cleveland to play somewhere else, the Cavs controlled all they could last night in deciding to draft highly touted former Alabama point guard Collin Sexton eighth overall.

The Lakers used the No. 25 on MI (via Germany) big man Moritz Wagner, who most draft analysts had going early in the second round.

In the East, Philadelphia and Boston are up-and comers, but the Cavs will be better than they were a year ago by picking someone eighth in the draft. Either way, there are plenty of opportunities in Los Angeles and Wagner is more than capable of capitalizing on them. Coach (Luke) Walton used to play as well, so he's a players' coach, and he wants his players to make plays, be confident.

Moe Wagner would look good in purple and gold. Ben Simmons' relationship with the veteran superstar has been discussed to death, but his and the team's desire to bring in James can't have gone unsaid up until this point. The Rockets may also be right there if they keep Paul.

"The game, as you know, requires bigs that can spread the floor".

"I'll personally feel a sense of urgency until we win a championship, I won't rest until then", Pelinka added. But executing the Lakers' longtime goal of becoming a title contender this summer still will be no easy task.

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Wagner said he grew up influenced by Germany's greatest National Basketball Association product, Dirk Nowitzki, but that he also liked Kevin Garnett's game. If the Lakers mystique is still alive and well, now is the time to prove it. Harden asked. "I don't think there's anybody that can persuade him to go where he wants to go". Magic is up there, of course. But the Lakers' GM did say that because of the franchise's past success, opposing teams won't be so quick to help the Lakers restore their glory. I'll assume that means guaranteeing Collison's $10 million salary rather than waiving him ($2 million guaranteed) and attempting to re-sign him for less.

With Julius Randle about to hit restricted free agency, the Lakers' selection of Wagner gives them some depth inside. His 38 percent 3-point mark isn't bad either. After testing the waters of the National Basketball Association last season, Wagner went back to school to improve, and he certainly did.

This was the first time in five years that the Lakers were not drafting in the lottery.

Second-round picks differ from first-round selections in that they don't count against the salary cap.

ESPN reported that the Sixers traded the 39 pick Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a 2019 second-rounder via the Chicago Bulls and cash.

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