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Magic Johnson says LeBron James will have a big influence on the Lakers' recruitment

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It's almost only been two weeks since LeBron James confirmed that he would be joining the Los Angeles Lakers, but he's already playing a big part on the team's future.

Earlier this week, LeBron signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, bringing his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers to an end for the second time in his career.

Immediately, the Lakers began to add further pieces to their squad to put themselves in good contention to dethrone the Golden State Warriors and win an NBA Championship this season.

They went out and signed Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee to their already impressive young core of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Consulting LeBron

In the future, when adding further pieces to the squad, including the max deal they'll offer to a player next offseason, Lakers' president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has said the team will consult LeBron on who to add.

Magic said, via ESPN: "It's not about influence -- it's about sitting down with the world's greatest player and picking his brain and saying, you're playing in the game today.

"Just like when I was playing, [late owner] Dr. [Jerry] Buss and [former Lakers GM] Jerry West would come to me when we were thinking about making moves. It's gonna be the same way here.

"We're gonna go to LeBron and say if there's a deal to be made for guys available, we'll say to him, 'What do you think about this guy? You know him. You play against him, you know the backstory and everything about the guy.'

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He added: "That's why you have guys that are superstars in this league. You want to have a line of communication and want to know what they're thinking.

"LeBron, we've done that with the guys we brought in. He's done an excellent job of giving us great feedback. We will continue to do that.

"The ultimate decision-maker on the team and who we bring in is me. I take that to [Lakers president] Jeanie [Buss] and see what she says and whether she signs off or not."

The Lakers want to win a championship with LeBron, and they know in order for that to happen, you have to make the King comfortable and happy to play for your team.

If they do that, then James should see out his four-year deal with the Lakers, and possibly beyond, bringing a lot of titles to the city of Los Angeles along the way.

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