LeBron James All-Star Weekend was a homecoming, as he returned to Cleveland. Throughout the weekend, James made it known he still has affinity for the city, even saying he would not close the door on returning to the Cavaliers at some point. James also said he has every intention of playing in the NBA with his son Bronny before he retires.
But what James really did was put the Los Angeles Lakers on notice that major changes are needed this offseason.
ESPN reports that James was upset the Lakers did not make a deal leading up to the trade deadline. In addition, James was even more upset when Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said he was on board with keeping the roster whole. ESPN sources indicate James never agreed to that plan.
The belief is that James will push Los Angeles to make moves to surround him with veteran talent for another title run. And that he may make those roster-change demands before considering signing an extension this summer, when the Lakers can first offer him one.