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LeBron James Reportedly Already Recruiting Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler to Lakers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball away from Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter of the game on October 29, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Lakers 124-120. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers' first season with LeBron James did not go as planned. But now, with the offseason inching that much closer, the Lake Show has a chance to bring in a strong supporting cast for the King, albeit one year late.

We all know that James loves to recruit free agents, and early reports indicate he's already gotten a head start on the summertime frenzy. According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, LBJ has already begun courting Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler.

Let's remember that LeBron speaking with an impending free agent doesn't mean that player is going to join him. It's just a feeling-out process.

Around this time last year, reports indicated that Leonard, a southern California native, had no desire to join the Lakers to become James' teammate. In fact, separate reports suggested that Leonard would prefer to join the Clippers, who have a ton of money to spend this upcoming offseason, as fate would have it.

The Toronto Raptors can't be ruled out in the Leonard sweepstakes, either, as the team and city are actively recruiting him to stay.

As for Butler, he's been linked to the Lakers and various other teams, but there is a chance he re-signs with the Philadelphia 76ers to remain part of arguably the strongest starting lineup in the NBA.

Until official announcements can be made starting July 1, we warn you to pump the brakes on any rumors. But King James is a singular force in this league. He rather often gets what he wants.