Celebrities welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James joins Los Angeles in 4-year, $154 million contract today, leaves Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James joins Los Angeles in 4-year, $154 million contract today, leaves Cleveland Cavaliers

IN traded George to Oklahoma City shortly after he made his intentions known to the organization last June. The contract is four-year deal worth $154M.

Where LeBron James lands in free agency remains up in the air.

League sources told ESPN that the Lakers also added free agents Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee.

Los Angeles, however, no longer appears to be in a position to sign Cousins.

James is believed to have been convinced after a secret face-to-face meeting with Lakers president Magic Johnson this weekend, during which the 33-year-old said he would remain patient during the forthcoming season while Johnson and GM Rob Pelinka assembled a roster worthy of championship contention.

For a lot of people though, the move was just an excuse to make a few jokes.

The 6-foot-5 guard became available after the Indiana Pacers declined his option for the 2018-19 season.

Decisions on Julius Randle and Luol Deng are the key to creating more cap space.

But even beyond the top-level stars, this is a deep free agent class.

Ticket seller StubHub on Tuesday said visits to the Lakers ticket page were up 7,398 percent over the same date a year ago even though next season's schedule has yet to be announced. Notable Lakers who've worn the number in the past include Cedric Ceballos, Mitch Richmond and Lou Williams. He'll have to play with Lonzo Ball - assuming he doesn't get dealt - which means he'll have to deal with Lavar Ball as well.

James, a two-time Olympic champion, left Cleveland before in 2010 for the Miami Heat, where he reached the NBA Finals 4 times, going 2-2, before departing for the Cavaliers, vowing to bring a title to Cleveland, his home region having grown up in nearby Akron. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, the Spurs have received underwhelming trade offers from the Lakers. But the fact that the father-of-three already owns two homes in Los Angeles was thought to be in the Lakers favour.

LeBron's deal with the Lakers takes him to 2022, when he'll be 37.

The Philadelphia 76ers are considered to be serious players for Leonard. The best the two teams can do is meet in the Western Conference Finals.

Genesco Sports Enterprises CEO John Tatum on the impact of state taxes on athletes such as the NBA's LeBron James who play across the country and efforts by Gov. Phil Murphy, (D-N.J.), to imposing a tax on corporations and the wealthy in New Jersey. There's no doubting that. James has gone to eight consecutive Finals since 2011, and the Lakers are now listed at 7-2 to win a title next summer at the Westgate SuperBook, behind only the Golden State Warriors.

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