LeBron James decided to stay and this was the ‘gift’ the team’s leadership gave him

LeBron James and the Lakers have secretly kept eyes on player who could save his legacy next season

Purdue’s Zach Edey could be just what the doctor ordered for Los Angeles.

LeBron James during a Los Angeles Lakrs regular season game.LAPRESSE

With the NBA Finals beginning next week followed by the NBA Draft in late June, teams need to really start nailing down an offseason plan. There may not be a team under more pressure during this upcoming offseason than the Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James has now spent six seasons with the team, with his only Lakers ring coming during the 2020 bubble season. Since then, the team hasn’t finished better than the 7th seed in any season. And now, James’ future remains unsettled and the team doesn’t have a head coach.

Could Zach Edey be drafted by the Lakers?

If James decides to stay, the front office must surround him with players who fit his game. So it was intriguing when a report came out that the Lakers are interested in Purdue’s Zach Edey.

Edey, of course, was the National College Player of the Year in both 2023 and 2024. But at 7-4, 300 pounds and with no perimeter game, scouts aren’t quite sure what his role will be at the next level.

That’s why no one is really certain how high Edey will be drafted. In ESPN’s most recent mock draft, Edey goes 15th overall to the Miami Heat. That’s two spots ahead of the Lakers, who own the 17th pick.

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