Could Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka be targeting a former client from his days as a player agent?
The Lakers made a significant move over the weekend, buying out the contract of Luol Deng. The franchise now projects to have enough cap room in July 2019 to pursue any available free agent, including Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant.
The move also opened a roster spot for the 2018-19 squad. And quickly, talk that Chris Bosh could be a target for the Lakers circulated on Twitter.
The Lakers seem well stocked at guard and forward but are thin at center, with just one veteran (JaVale McGee) and two young prospects (Ivica Zubac and rookie Moritz Wagner). James may get minutes in the middle as well, as part of the Lakers' version of the "Death Lineup," but if there's an area of uncertainty, it's at center.
Wouldn't a healthy Bosh be the perfect fit?
Bosh won two titles (2011-12 and 2012-13) alongside James in Miami with the Heat. A mobile 6'11", Bosh would fit in today's pace-and-space game as a stretch center.
"That would be the Lakers Show plus the Old-Man Show," Bosh told Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports in August when asked if he and free agent Dwyane Wade could team up with James once again in Los Angeles.