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Blockbuster move: LeBron James signs with the Los Angeles Lakers

04 July, 2018, 00:15 | Author: Melinda Barton
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James, who has a home and production company in Los Angeles, joins a team with plenty of money to spend under the National Basketball Association salary cap and a desire to rebuild into a championship team after years of struggles. The Lakers, so far, have dropped James onto a roster that still has, for now, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. And that's before we discuss how they might - or might not - mesh on the court with the former Cavaliers superstar.

Consumers can swap in their recently purchased Cavs No. 23 for either a James Lakers jersey or another Cavs jersey. A new iteration was installed in 2014, upon James' return to Cleveland and since served as a mainstay of the downtown area.

Though James will be playing for another team next season, there is no denying the impact he had on Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland's success also ended the city's 52-year wait for a major sporting title. "This will always be home", James posted on Instagram with a photo of the Cavaliers' championship parade.


The Lakers deal, which reportedly includes a player option for the fourth year, will give the young team the ability to grow gradually as the storied franchise attempts to assemble a squad to challenge the dominant Golden State Warriors.

While his first letter from 2010 was written in comic sans - and one that James himself said was racial - Gilbert's second attempt was much more professional and gracious.

But money and years of security were less a concern than being able to play for a title contender.

According to The LA Times' Brad Turner, Johnson showed up at James' house at 12:01 ET/9:01 PT on July 1, the minute free agency began, to recruit James to the Lakers. Last week George opted out of the final year of his deal with the Thunder on Saturday, fueling speculation he would in fact move to L.A. this summer, but on Saturday he announced he had signed a new four-year deal with Oklahoma. It brought in an estimated $21 million in earned media for Goodyear.

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