The Lakers finally have room to breathe, after hitting big in free-agency this summer. With the acquisition of LeBron James (and the other peices they signed to surround him), the Lakers have once again propelled themselves into relevancy.
Now, the question becomes a matter of how they’ll deal with James. Like, for instance, how much will LeBron see the court this season?
A few years ago, that wouldn’t have been a problem, but for a 33-year-old LeBron, that’s a concern that should be at the forefront of the team’s thoughts. According to the Athletic, they’ve already found their answer to that question.
Lakers hope to play LeBron James 33.5 MPG next season, want to reduce his workload, per @TheAthletic.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) August 12, 2018
33.5 minutes is significantly less than what he averaged last year, at near 40 per game.
So, in the long-run, James will see a lot more time on the bench this season, giving his aging body additional rest. It’ll help ensure he stays at peak-form for as long as possible.
Coincidentally, the Lakers will have to find a way to maintain a game-winning pace when James sits. They’ll have to rely on other modes of production for a big chunk of game-time.
For the Lakers’ sake, let’s hope the benefits outweight the consequences.