Los Angeles Lakers instantly become a contender with LeBron James

02 July, 2018, 16:47 | Author: Kenneth Collins
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Once the news of LeBron James' departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency became official, the biggest question was: What will Dan Gilbert say?

Entering his 16th National Basketball Association season, James had been with the Cavs for 11 of them with a four-year break at the Miami Heat in 2010-2014.

It's also the longest deal he's signed since leaving Cleveland for the first time to join Miami Heat on a six-year contract in "The Decision" back in 2010. The Lakers remain in the hunt to obtain disgruntled San Antonio all-star Kawhi Leonard in a trade and have the financial wherewithal to make a deal work.

A lot of fans are shocked by the 33-year old's move to Los Angeles.

On Sunday, reports indicated that LeBron would be taking his talents to Hollywood on what Adrian Wojnarowski reported via Twitter would be a four-year, $154 million deal. He played in all 82 regular-season games and then somehow carried a team that underwent several transformations to a fourth straight conference title and matchup against the Warriors.

The bonanza started Saturday night (US time) when Durant chose to sign a two-year, $US61.5 million deal with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, one where he'll make $US30.5 million this season.

LeBron texted KD about joining the Lakers, which obviously means it’s happening
As arguably the top two players in the National Basketball Association , it's hard to fathom James and Durant joining forces. Although Durant isn't willing to team up with LeBron in L.A. there are still plenty of other options on the table.

How much cap space do the Los Angeles Lakers have to use during the 2018 National Basketball Association free agency period? "Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness @JeanieBuss @MagicJohnson and RP well done!"

James has also endured a fractious relationship with Cavaliers fans over the years.

Afterward, James yelled, "Cleveland, this is for you", into Doris Burke's microphone. James will also be good for young, promising players like Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma - should they all remain. They need a name on front of the Staples Center to make the building crackle and 41 nights of LaVar and Lonzo Ball still left them miles from the Golden State Warriors.

He rejoined the Cavs in 2014, winning another championship in 2016.

George's move has given James more to process, but the chance to restore Los Angeles to prominence may be just what he needs at this point in his career.

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