You've probably heard that this summer will be a critical one for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
After falling flat on their face in Year 1 of the James era, the Purple and Gold will be doing anything in their power to sign another star this summer to team up with James.
The Lakers, however, probably shouldn't plan to try and court Klay Thompson.
Yes, the Warriors sharpshooting star would be the perfect fit alongside James, and his Southern California ties make him a likely summer target for Rob Pelinka and whoever takes over Magic Johnson's role. Also, Thompson's father, Mychal, is a former Laker and current radio broadcaster for the team, so some believe he could play a role in getting his son to leave the dynasty by the Bay in order to start a new one at Staples Center.
But that line of thinking couldn't be further from the truth. While Mychal would love for his son to come home to LA someday, he won't try and pressure him to come help James and the Lakers.
“He’ll be happy here, he loves the good weather,” Mychal told Kyle Goon of The OC Register. “I always tell him when he’s retired, he’ll have another 40 years to spend here. He’s in no rush to get back.”
In fact, Thompson has already suggested his son move across the Bay to San Francisco to have better access to the Chase Center when it opens next season.
Of course, with the Lakers missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, Mychal is hounded by fans about his son's upcoming free agency. But while the two-time NBA champion believes the Lakers will figure it out, he doesn't think it'll be because Klay comes to save the day.
“I can’t go anywhere,” Mychal said. “Ultimately it’s a compliment: Lakers fans want him to play here. But I don’t think that way. I think the Lakers are gonna be fine. I don’t see Klay coming out here as a savior.”
The Lakers appear to be running out of free agent options and it's only April.
Kevin Durant, should he choose to opt out of his contract and leave the Warriors, appears destined to head east and play for the New York Knicks, while the Los Angeles Clippers seem like the frontrunner to land Kawhi Leonard, While Kyrie Irving reportedly will give the Lakers a meeting, it seems unlikely that the star guard would opt to play alongside James again after he forced his way out of the star's shadow less than two years ago.
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If the Lakers strike out on all of the top-tier stars, they'll be forced to choose between paying Jimmy Butler a king's ransom starting at age 29, and rolling over their cap space until 2020 when they can sign Anthony Davis, should he still want to come to Tinseltown.
What's good news for the Warriors is bad news for the Lakers, as it appears, at least for now, that Klay will be staying in the Bay.