LeBron James free agency: Cavs star impressed by young Lakers

Isaiah Thomas and LeBron hug it out

Nance had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Clarkson added four points in their first game against the Lakers since they were traded for Thomas and Channing Frye on February 8.

Dario Saric scored 18 points and Ben Simmons had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds for the 76ers, who were able to avenge a disappointing loss to the Nets at Barclays Center in January. The Lakers led by five points heading into halftime, before a dominant third quarter where they outscored the Cavs 33-22 broke the game open.

According to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk, the Lakers were auditioning for James' services during Sunday's game. Thomas, who shared hugs with several of his former Cavs teammates including J.R. Smith at half court before the game, got a little revenge against the Cavs who traded him away after he played only 15 games for the them following his hip surgery.

The No. 2 overall pick in 2016, Ingram is averaging 16.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists while starting all 57 games he has appeared in.

LeBron finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists on the night, as the Lakers ran away with the 127-113 win.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. battle for the rebound. I only played 15 games for them, so it's really not about showing them what I can do.

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After the game, James praised head coach Luke Walton for the job that he is doing with this young Lakers team.

If the Lakers want to become a contender, Pincus said that they should consider keeping their young core together, sign a younger superstar in 27-year-old Paul George, and then focus on 2019 free agency.

"I had the challenge of guarding the best player in the game, so you know I loved to take that challenge and take it personally", Randle said. "I'm not surprised, but it feels good I guess". As a person. Something I knew I could do. It will be fun.

On this episode of the Wine and Gold Talk Podcast, Joe Vardon joined to discuss the Cavaliers' road trip, LeBron James' chances of joining the Lakers this summer and who is most responsible for the season-long shoddy defense.

They might've come to see James but instead watched the Lakers make one big final impression on the free-agent-to-be.

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