Two players on the Cavaliers were Los Angeles Lakers until a month ago. But the buzz for the next four days surrounding Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in L.A. will be minuscule compared to the hype generated by LeBron James. Yes, there are billboards in Los Angeles to recruit James to the Lakers. The Cavs play the Clippers Friday and the Lakers Sunday at Staples Center. But it goes beyond that. Clarkson said when he was a player for the Lakers, his teammates used to talk about James coming there as a free agent, which he could be free to do this summer if he opts out of his contract with the Cavs. "I wouldn't say like management and the coaches or nobody, but in the locker room people talk when they see what's going on," Clarkson said, after the Cavs beat the Denver Nuggets 113-108. "That's probably the only thing, people talk in the locker room." The All-Star Game was in L.A. last month, and thanks to Laura Ingraham and then a competitive (for a change) game itself, James was not asked a single question about his pending free agency and interest in the Lakers. James has never said publicly he would consider going there, but he has a home in the Brentwood neighborhood of the city and his business interests are there. The questions are coming. Also, Laker fan and personal-injury attorney Jacob Emrani paid for some billboards in Los Angeles that not only recruit James, but poke fun at the Philadelphia-area business that did the same thing last week. "That's so crazy," Clarkson said. "That's like a thing now, isn't it?" The Lakers traded Clarkson and Nance Jr. to the Cavs on Feb. 8 in exchange for the expiring contracts of Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, and Cleveland's No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft. They can clear cap space to attract two superstars now, which is what it would probably take for James to join the Lakers. In the meantime, this is a homecoming of sorts for Nance and Clarkson.
Jordan Clarkson said Lakers players talk to each other about LeBron James joining them
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 8