LeBron James sends out cryptic message amid number change, Lakers’ free agency speculation

LeBron James seems like he’ll be changing his number.

The Lakers star is planning to gift his No. 23 to new teammate Anthony Davis, according to a report from Yahoo Sports, which cites unidentified league sources. James appeared to confirm the report Thursday when he tweeted out the number “6” with an emoji.

James wore No. 6 while he was with the Heat from 2010-14. He won two titles and made four All-Star teams during his time in Miami. James wore No. 23 in each of his other 12 NBA seasons with the Cavaliers and Lakers.  

James left the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers last summer. He averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists for Los Angeles in 2018-19 but was limited to a career-low 55 games because of a groin injury.

The Lakers reportedly acquired Davis from the Pelicans earlier this month in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.

Los Angeles then cleared cap space for a third max player ⁠after it reportedly agreed to send Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga, along with a second-round pick, to the Wizards on Thursday.

The Lakers are reportedly considering pursuing Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, D’Angelo Russell and Kawhi Leonard.

Los Angeles may elect to add multiple role players, instead, and have been linked to Patrick Beverley, Enes Kanter, Danny Green, Terrence Ross as well as Seth Curry, among others.

The Lakers are “the most likely” landing spot for Carmelo Anthony, as well.