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LAS VEGAS — The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are heading into the 2019-20 season with the intention of starting LeBron James at point guard, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
James, 34, will be entering his 17th NBA season and is prepared to become the floor general in an effort to maximize a roster that’s suddenly built to contend for a championship with the addition of All-Star forward Anthony Davis and a few complementary pieces.
James, a four-time league MVP, and newly acquired Danny Green are expected to start in the backcourt, sources said.
James was limited to a career-low 55 games in his first season with the Lakers because of a groin injury, but he has since recovered and is in great shape with no restrictions, sources said.
A superstar with an immense skill set, the 6-foot-8 James has started at the point sparingly throughout his career. But it’s a role he’s more than comfortable handling because he’s operated primarily as a point-forward for the bulk of his career.
Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso are the other point guards on the roster. Lonzo Ball, who was traded to New Orleans, and Rondo handled the role last season.
With the league being so point-guard driven, head coach Frank Vogel will look to unleash another element of James’ game.
For his career, James has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists.
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