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Lakers May Play LeBron James At Center Because Of The Death Lineup

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With LeBron joining the Los Angeles Lakers, there has been some speculation of where he would play on the court. Currently, they have young forwards in Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Lance Stephenson. It would be hard to see where he could fit with sufficient minute rotations between them.

However, people seem to underestimate what LeBron can do on the court. Playing at the Center position could be a viable option for the Lakers, as they have let go of Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. Although they do have JaVale McGee and Ivica Zubac, come playoff time it may be a weak spot in their lineup, if they don't prove themselves this season.

The Lakers could still land a big-time player at the Center position. Rockets big man Clint Capella is still a free agent and is asking for money that Rockets haven't settled on paying yet. Definitely deserving of a max contract, and Lakers could offer something Capella wants.

According to Eric Pincus:

Last season, James didn't play center often for the Cleveland Cavaliers (just 1.5 percent of his time on the floor, according to Nylon Calculus). The Cavs most productive lineup with James at the 5 featured George Hill, JR Smith, Kyle Korver and Jeff Green. That group played just 22 minutes together, per NBA.com, averaging a 9.3 positive net rating per 100 possessions.

If they want to beat the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers could use their Death Lineup:

"We may not see this on day one, but the coaching staff is eager to see our version of the [Warriors'] Death Lineup with Lonzo [Ball], Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, [Kyle] Kuzma and LeBron," a second Lakers executive said.

With a new lineup at Lakers, many have their different projections on where the Lakers will finish in the Western Conference. LeBron has been to eight straight finals and there's is no reason why he couldn't this season. LeBron at the Center position may be a surprise to many people but it could be apart of Magic Johnson plan.

It will be very tough to beat the best Death Lineup in the league - Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, but we should expect that the Los Angeles Lakers acquire one more superstar until the February deadline.