LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – LeBron James is preparing to take on a new role with the Los Angeles Lakers this season as point guard, according to a report Monday by Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes.
The 34-year-old James will take over floor general duties from Lonzo Ball, who was traded to New Orleans, and Rajon Rondo, who remains one of three other point guards on the Lakers’ roster along with Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso.
While James has started sparingly as a point guard in his career, the job falls within his comfort zone since the 15-time All-Star and four-time NBA MVP has functioned primarily as a point forward for most of his career.
James is starting his 17th season in the league and will be surrounded by several new faces looking to contend for a championship thanks to the addition of All-Star forward Anthony Davis and six-time All-Star centre DeMarcus Cousins.
Bleacher Report ventured to guess the new-look Lakers’ starting lineup with James at point guard, Danny Green at shooting guard, Kyle Kuzma at small forward, Davis at power forward and Cousins at centre.
Last season, James was limited to just 55 games due to a groin injury, but still averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebound and 8.3 assists while shooting 51.0 percent. Overall, he has averaged 50.4 percent shooting with 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 1,198 games.