The Miami Heat are currently taking on the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals and the La Lakers for one know exactly who they want to see come out on top, according to reports.
USA Today's Sam Amick notes the Lakers are hoping for a Spurs win in the season-ending series so as to improve their chances of snagging LeBron James in free agency - however slim they may be in reality.
Apparently the Lakers are delaying their search for a new head coach, which has technically been underway since Mike D'Antoni resigned from his position at the end of April, until they know whether LeBron and the Heat will be celebrating a third consecutive NBA title.
Referencing a source close to the situation in LA, it seems that the Lakers are ensuring they do not limit their chances of obtaining LeBron (should he choose to leave the Heat in free agency in the search for a new challenge) by hiring someone with whom James would not want to work with.
Whether the four-time MVP would actually be interested in donning the purple and gold jersey is another question, but a defeat in the NBA Finals would certainly make James consider more closely where he wishes to play basketball next season.
In contrast, should the Heat make it three in a row then James would most likely stay in Miami in order to make a run at a fourth consecutive Championship ring - thus leaving the Lakers to hire at will.
James has a $20 million player option for next season and as has as yet refused to make public whether he plans to opt in or out of the deal.
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