On October 16, Beijing time, according to Bleacher Report reporter Eric Pincus, some NBA team executives believe that James’ influence will eventually lead to the Lakers getting Thunder star Chris Paul through a trade. James + Paul + thick eyebrows, can this core team help the Lakers successfully defend their title?
据《 Bleacher Report》记者埃里克·平库斯（Eric Pincus）报道，北京时间10月16日，一些NBA球队高管认为詹姆斯的影响力最终将导致湖人通过交易获得雷霆队的克里斯·保罗。詹姆斯+保罗+眉毛浓密，这支核心球队能帮助湖人成功卫冕吗？
An executive from the Eastern Conference said: "Chris Paul really wants to return to Los Angeles. I know his dream will come true. I know LeBron loves him, trusts him, and he will be a great fit for the Lakers."
"This may seem like an adventure, but sometimes you need to do this to make yourself stronger," the executive continued. "The Warriors will get better, the Clippers might get better, King will not get worse. Your competitors are getting stronger. In Orlando, the Lakers succeeded, but if you leave the isolation zone and return to a normal season, I don’t know if the Lakers will succeed."
The executive believes that getting Paul to wear the Lakers jersey is something James is willing to do. Paul used to watch the Finals as a virtual fan, and nine years ago, he almost became a member of the Lakers.
The deal rejected by the league in 2011 prevented Paul from wearing the purple and gold jersey and becoming Kobe's teammate. Executives believe that James' influence will facilitate the deal and allow Paul to join the Lakers, but an objective obstacle cannot be avoided. Paul's contract has two years left, with a total price of $85.6 million. If the Lakers want him, they have to pay a corresponding salary match.
Eric Pincus believes that the Lakers will be worth it. Paul can continue to upgrade the team's combat effectiveness, which will help them successfully defend the championship next season. Paul himself is also expected to realize his dream of championship and win the first championship ring of his career. Do you think the Lakers should fight for a deal to Paul? Feel free to leave a message and comment.