LeBron James Agrees To Sign Four-Year, $154M Deal With Lakers

Marcus Newton
July 2, 2018

The tantalizing possibility of forming a superteam of LeBron, James Harden and Paul, a team that would immediately compete with the Warriors, died on the vine.

The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar, L.A. -Bron.

The four-time MVP, who was unable to prevent Cavs being swept 4-0 by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals last month, had his move confirmed by his agency, Klutch Sports Group, around 1am United Kingdom time.

This Summer of LeBron was barely a fling.

With James signing in Los Angeles, that should invite plenty of agonizing debates regarding which player is better: LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.

His brand would be elevated astronomically by the move should it prove successful on the court or not, but Embiid wanted to remind James of something before he chooses to ply his trade there.

It was all different this time. As a free agent, he can sign with any National Basketball Association team that has salary cap room. He signed a four year, $154 million contract.

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Not only will the Lakers be making a huge push for Leonard to join James and remake the roster, but it's always been known that Leonard wants to play in L.A. and wants to play next to James. It was reported earlier in the week that James does not want any extravagant pitches made for his services.

The massive Los Angeles market will also provide James with a grander platform for his philanthropy and social activism.

LeBron James has guided his team to the NBA Finals in each of the past eight seasons. "Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons". And James is playing his latest departure from Cleveland in a much more subdued manner.

The Lakers potentially signing Bosh is intriguing, to say the least. The Lakers would surely still love to land Leonard to give them two bonafide stars and a shot at contending for a championship this year. Capela is a restricted free agent, which means the Rockets can match any offer the Lakers or another team make. He was a 10-time All-Star, a three-time All-Star MVP, two-time league MVP and, most memorably, the 2016 NBA Finals MVP. For the past five years, it didn't seem that Los Angeles was irresistible anymore as star after star declined opportunities to join the Lakers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one authorized that detail be released publicly. He returned to Cleveland following the 2014 season.

The East is now more wide open than it's been in nearly a decade, if the National Basketball Association resists what are sure to be loud howls to immediately alter its playoff setup of East vs.

James, whose Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals, opted out of his contract in June, three weeks after the season ended. It also helps that the Lakers are one of the game's premier franchises.

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