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LaVar Ball on LeBron James joining Lakers: ‘I know it’s going to happen’ (vid)

LaVar Ball on Tuesday made a bold declaration about LeBron James’ future, saying during an appearance on FS1’s “The Undisputed” that the superstar’s move to join the Los Angeles Lakers is “going to happen.”

There of course will be no shortage of suitors for LeBron James once he opts out of the player option in the final year of his deal, although James indicated after the Cleveland Cavaliers were swept out of the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors that he has “no idea” what his future holds.

The Lakers have been mentioned as a potential — and arguably attractive — destination for James, among several other teams. The outspoken Ball, known for boisterous claims and shooting from the hip, believes it’s inevitable that James ends up in L.A. alongside his son Lonzo.

There is some history — and not the good kind — between the elder Ball and James, something that presumably would perhaps inspire the King to think twice about joining the Lakers given LaVar’s constant, disruptive presence within that organization.

In 2017, the elder Ball made the case that his three sons were better set up for success than James’ sons. This not surprisingly elicited an acerbic rebuke from James.

“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth. Keep my family out of your mouth,” James said in March 2017, via ESPN. “This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”

All that aside, while the Lakers conceivably are an option for James, Ball making such a prediction will have no bearing whatsoever on how James approaches his future, as he will make Decision III on his own terms. It’s not that hasn’t been made abundantly clear time and time again up to this point.