LeBron 'had contact' with Raptors' Leonard, 76ers' Butler

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With LeBron out of the playoffs for the first time since 2005, few could fault The King for trying in earnest, but it seems doubtful that Leonard would entertain any clandestine meeting seriously, until the Raptors' playoff run ends. The Clippers have always been seen as the front-runners to sign the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, but it's hard to count out the lure of playing with James and trying to bring an NBA title back to the Lakers' franchise. While Magic Johnson, the guy who got trouble for tampering before is no longer there, LeBron is tamperer-in-chief of the Lakers right now.

Vogel and Lue share the same agent.

Vogel's Pacers met James' Heat three times in the postseason and although Miami came out on top each time, in gave James serious problems.

He stressed the importance of using analytics in the game, something many around the league feel like the Lakers have ignored entirely.

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The Lakers also pushed for Vogel to hire Jason Kidd as an assistant coach, something Lue reportedly did not want to do.

On the other side of the ball, Vogel's defensive chops should help improve a strong unit that took a hit due to injuries - specifically Ball's.

Vogel confirmed Jason Kidd will join his staff as an assistant and said it was something Pelinka brought up during the job interview. I have heard he's had contact with Kawhi Leonard.

Vogel said he likes having former players on his staff with coaching experience. But they still have James under contract for at least two more years, will have max cap space this offseason and the fourth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. To be honest, I think the Lakers really have to look at the trade market.

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