Orders of LeBron James Lakers jerseys spike

Devin Lawrence
July 4, 2018

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 14, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Lakers have failed to reach the playoffs for the past five seasons.

The Lakers may also have sweetened the deal by having room under their salary cap to sign another maximum-salary free agent, rumoured to be the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard. James did return in 2014 and led the Cavs to the 2016 NBA title, ending a 52-year sports championship drought for Cleveland, before departing for the Lakers in the wake of four consecutive NBA Finals appearances for Cleveland.

"The one thing that I've always done is consider my family, understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age", James announced after the Cavaliers' June 8 loss.

His move from the Cleveland Cavaliers ends months of speculation.

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Unlike eight years ago when James' announcement that he was joining the Miami Heat was a televised affair, Sunday's news was posted by his agency Klutch Sports via Twitter.

Rajon Rondo drives past the Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala.

The Lakers can offer top money plus talent and draft picks in order to surround James with competitive players enough to challenge the Warriors, who suddenly must contend with James as a Pacific division rival rather than a foe to be faced only twice a season and for the National Basketball Association title.

Clevelanders are also likely taking advantage of Fanatics' Jersey Assurance program, which allows you to trade in James' Cavs jersey within 90 days of purchasing it (a full year if you bought it with an American Express Card) free of charge. The Lakers, so far, have dropped James onto a roster that still has, for now, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. "They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago".

Another reason for James's willingness to sign a long-term deal with the Lakers is the team's proximity to Hollywood.

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