James has chose to leave Cleveland again by agreeing to a four-year, $153 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. By Tuesday afternoon, there was just a bare spot where once had been a downtown landmark.
It's no secret that LeBron James sells tickets like no other, but less than 24 hours after he announced his anticipated 2018 free agency decision, the Los Angeles Lakers market is already feeling the ripple effect of his presence.
With LeBron James headed West, his Nike banner is coming down.
However, waiting also comes with its risks as there's never a guarantee that Leonard will retain his desire to join the Lakers after a year. He was, in many ways, all the Lakers had. But in the end, he had been leaning towards the Lakers since Saturday. The last of which was made possible after the Lakers renounced the rights to Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent.
As Ball touched on, the Golden State Warriors went out and signed All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins in free agency. While James isn't ever listed as the point guard in the box score, he frequently brings the ball up the court - especially in late-game situations.
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It's no secret the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard. "And Rondo is going to challenge Lonzo Ball". "This is the first time we've seen a free agent's performance hit a top-tier day like this".
Before Sunday's announcement regarding James, George had agreed to a multi-year contract with the Thunder and the likelihood of the Lakers landing Leonard in a trade from the Spurs appeared to be dwindling.
He was one of only eight players to average at least 19 points, five assists and five rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry: Even though LeBron James is no longer in the Eastern Conference to haunt the Toronto Raptors, there's no question that they entered the summer with interest in shaking the roster up.