James was the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player in 2008 and season MVP in 2009 and 2010, when the Cavaliers won 66 and 61 games but could not reach the finals. That title was achieved with a dramatic 3-1 comeback as James was named Finals MVP for his performance.
George and Paul made their announcements known not long afterward. McGee has played the past two years for the Golden State Warriors. Clint Capela and others with six years or less in the league can make a max salary of $25.25 million for the 2018-19 season. He returned to Cleveland following the 2014 season. It was not immediately clear if the contract included any option years. This move would likely still leave the Lakers with cap space even with the addition of James.
As soon as National Basketball Association free agency officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m.
Zlatan welcomed LeBron in the most Zlatan way possible. It has been widely speculated for a year that James had his eye on Los Angeles, where he maintains an off-season residence and has myriad entertainment business ventures. But going to LA doesn't necessarily provide any hint about his team for next season, since James has homes in Southern California.
DeAndre Jordan to sign with Mavericks
He went from an unheralded second-round draft pick out of Texas A&M in 2009 to become one of the best big men in the league. The Dallas Mavericks appear Jordan's probable destination, but an offer from the dominant Warriors could be of interest.
But despite claiming the Eastern Conference crown for a fourth straight year, James was given a blunt reminder of how far short the Cavs are of a championship caliber team when they were swept 4-0 by the Warriors in the Finals. He then signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, which started his tour around the league.
CLINT CAPELA LATEST The Rockets front office will meet with Clint Capela and his agents in Los Angeles on Sunday, ESPN reported. Previously, the star player was rumored to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers.
James will enter a new phase of his career, his name joining some of the game's greats that have worn a Laker uniform including, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Embiid's opinion notwithstanding, the Lakers are James' team now.