Report: Lakers intend to move LeBron James to full-time point guard spot
The Lakers have acquired a string of sharpshooters in Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and most-recently the swift addition of Avery Bradley after he clears waivers — yet they remained without a capable 3-point shooting starting point guard after re-signing Rajon Rondo.
Putting James at the point guard spot, much like the Philadelphia 76ers opted to do with James’ protege Ben Simmons, could vault the Lakers into a new dimension, giving a ball-dominant player every right to walk the ball up the court and run the offense in the half court.
James already does this a lot by default, but giving him the point guard designation is symbolic to becoming the heir apparent to Magic Johnson, another tall playmaker that could switch positions defensively while running the Showtime offense in ways no other point guard could dream of.
Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook are two backup point guards that can shoot the ball when James isn’t on the court, but most importantly — putting James at the small forward position would allow for Kyle Kuzma to swiftly enter the starting rotation, coupling him with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in the front court.
The Lakers have been determined to put their best talent on that starting five and moving James to the point guard slot makes it indisputably the best option to trot out the best four players on the court at the same time.