Cavs Rumors: LeBron James Has "Designs" On Leaving Cleveland For Lakers In 2018

As the Cleveland Cavaliers deal with the pressing worry of Kyrie Irving's trade demand, it's possible that another one of their star players has already plotted his exit from the franchise.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the "worst kept secret in the NBA" is LeBron's desire to play for the Lakers when he becomes a free agent next season.

What this also tells us is that Irving wants to beat LeBron James out of Cleveland. The worst kept secret in the NBA is that LeBron has designs on playing for the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next July. The last thing Kyrie wants is to be left standing with a broken roster once LeBron bolts.

James is very frustrated with the front office after this offseason in which they failed to improved the roster, which made the idea of him leaving a "serious possibility."

Now, he appears to have a destination in mind.

James already owns a home in Los Angeles, which is where he trains in the offseason. His kids have also been enrolled in school there.

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The Lakers' offseason plans focused on maintaining as much cap space as possible for next summer, when they plan to sign two superstar-caliber players to max contracts. Among the players who can or will be unrestricted free agents next summer include LeBron, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan. Bringing in one of those players to pair with James certainly appeals to him.

Furthermore, LA's signing of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope earlier this month was viewed as part of their pursuit of LeBron. KCP is represented by Klutch Sports, the agency started by LeBron's friend and agent Rich Paul.

LeBron averaged 26.4 points, 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game this past season.

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