Lakers Have Limited Free-Agent Options After Signing LeBron

LeBron James leaves Cleveland Cavaliers for Los Angeles Lakers - Entertainment News

LeBron James leaves Cleveland Cavaliers for Los Angeles Lakers - Entertainment News

Hours after the news of James' contract broke, the Lakers announced they had signed small forward and shooting guard Lance Stephenson and twice National Basketball Association champion Javale McGee to one-year deals. "I had a great run, I played 20 years, it was awesome, I had a great time, we are fortunate enough to win five championships and all that".

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. Will anyone else join him? The fans are more than ready.

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. IN traded George to Oklahoma City shortly after he made his intentions known to the organization last June.

Los Angeles ranked as the top sales market for James jerseys.

The potential of a superteam in Los Angeles or a partnership with his close friend Chris Paul in Houston is appealing - but leaving Cleveland in free agency will come at a significant cost.

In his four years back with his home state team, the 33-year-old Akron, Ohio native led the Cavs to four straight NBA Finals appearances. In the long run, Los Angeles' wild success is riding on whether or not they land a star.

Remember, James can't even talk to the Lakers until midnight. They are still seeking another star player to pair James with, which could include trading for San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard or free agent DeMarcus Cousins, who they reportedly have their own meeting with on Sunday. Lance Stephenson is coming to Los Angeles for $4.5 million, according to reports.

In NBA history, there have been 70 NBA champion franchises.

Caldwell-Pope, who's represented by the same agent as LeBron, spent last season in L.A. and will re-sign on a $12 million deal.

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