Monday, 23 July, 2018

Some fans stunned at LeBron James' massive deal with Lakers

LeBron James GETTYLeBron James is set to choose between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency
Jennie Wade | 02 July, 2018, 08:00

The blockbuster deal means the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player - who has played in the past eight NBA Finals - will now join one of the league's most iconic clubs, adding to the legacy of such legends as Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson.

The 33-year-old James is coming off a season in which he averaged 27.5 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland has lost to Golden State in the finals each of the last two years, and in three of the last four.

Why did James sign with the Lakers?

The franchise has a pair of young studs in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the relatively easy ability to create max cap space and the aggressive mentality to continue chasing a Kawhi Leonard trade. According to Real GM's Keith Smith, the Lakers are projected to have $46.82 million in room. That put them in the running to sign not just James, but potentially a few other strong players. And though the Lakers were the rumored destination for a long time, there was not reports of James holding a meeting with LA's brass.

For right now, the Sixers have missed out on George and James, and the chances for Leonard are looking slimmer. And while he has always been compared to Michael Jordan, Johnson is the one whose game more closely resembles his own. Shortly after the 12:01 EDT a.m. start, Cavs general manager Koby Altman spoke on the phone to both James and his agent Rich Paul, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussion.

Speculation about James' future began in advance of last season with the 76ers and Rockets rumoured to be suitors, while the Cavs had hoped to keep him in Cleveland. He was slated to make $4.3 million.

LeBron is heading to LA.

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James helped Cleveland to their first National Basketball Association title in 2016, as they overturned a 3-1 deficit in the National Basketball Association finals to beat Golden State.

LeBron James, finally, made his latest "decision". As the East rejoices and the Boston/Philadelphia rivalry takes center stage again, James will have a hard time getting to the Finals now. It would be the second time in their careers that the two linked up in free agency. His initial reaction to the move was extremely positive.

Of course, "the kid from Akron" called Northeast Ohio home for most of his life.

James also got a welcome from Lonzo Ball.

That should lead to some interesting tweets.

For the Cavaliers, James' decision is a major gut punch.

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