"LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, and two-time Olympic gold medallist, has agreed to a four-year $154 million contract with he Los Angeles Lakers", Klutch Sports Group said in a statement. Sherman said the Lakers are fourth in the Westgate's power rankings behind Golden State, the Houston Rockets and Boston, with the 76ers fifth. Now that it's Monday, the local newspapers in Cleveland can appropriately say goodbye to their star and hometown product, and those in Los Angeles can welcome their new free agent acquisition with the fanfare he deserves.
One of the first Lakers to talk to James following the announcement was none other than legend Kobe Bryant, who told CBS2's Jim Hill his relationship to James is more like an older brother rather than a rival.
Embiid sounds like someone who's either a little sore his team isn't going to get picked, or perhaps he's playing some brain games with James. One of general manager Koby Altman's most critical tasks will be deciding whether to retain or trade Kevin Love, who will make nearly $50 million the next two seasons.
The Lakers have failed to reach the playoffs for the past five seasons.
Getting back to annual title contention, which is a given with James, will be hard.More news: DeMarcus Cousins joins Golden State Warriors
Now the Lakers are the odds on favorite to sign James this summer. He was even more prolific in the postseason, with norms of 34 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists, and a.539-.342-.746 shooting line. On Friday, the team posted a tweet with James, one of his sons and Rams owner Stan Kroenke on the field before a Rams game.
James played in Miami for four seasons and won two championships before he re-signed with the Cavaliers in July 2014. The best the two teams can do is meet in the Western Conference Finals.
He could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again. Then LeBron had Magic Johnson over to his house, a meeting no one knew about until after the decision was made.
In an Instagram story, LeBron thanked the city of Cleveland for an incredible four years. "This will always be home".