Richard Jefferson says Lakers have done ‘good job’ building around LeBron James
The Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the busiest team in the NBA this summer. They began the summer with a bang, agreeing to a mega-deal with LeBron James before making a slew of polarizing free agent signings.
A rundown of some non-LeBron transactions the Lakers have done so far this offseason: they signed Rajon Rondo, secured JaVale McGee, inked Lance Stephenson, and the latest, locked down Michael Beasley. All of the aforementioned players were signed to one-year deals, which would not affect the long-term plans of the Lakers, but most, if not all of them, are questionable fits to the play style of the four-time MVP.
For James’ former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Richard Jefferson, there’s no need to raise hell over the Lakers’ apparent collection of sidekicks for James.
In a guest appearance on ESPN’s Jalen and Jacoby show, Jefferson went against the flow of dominant opinions by stating that he thinks that “they’re [Lakers] doing a good job of putting the best team around [LeBron James].”
David Jacoby countered Jefferson, saying that the Lakers are not surrounding James with shooters, which was what the Cavs and the Miami Heat did before when those teams still had the three-time NBA champ setting the table for them on offense.
Jacoby, however, must have forgotten the fact that the Lakers spent a pair of picks in last month’s draft to select floor-spacing assets in Mo Wagner and Svi Mykhailiuk, who both have flourished in the Summer League.
You can view the entire exchange between Jefferson and Jacoby below: