NBA Players Erupt After LeBron James Announces Decision to Join Lakers
02 July, 2018, 08:02 | Author: Amy Huff
LeBron James, going in for a layup against the Warriors in the National Basketball Association final, will join the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year free-agent deal, his management team said late Sunday. Originally signed by the Cavaliers in 2003, James, who grew up in Akron, left Cleveland in 2010 to join the Miami Heat and led them to four consecutive NBA Finals, winning in 2012 and 2013.
The dream of LeBron James coming to the Los Angeles Lakers is still in play, but two potential key parts of the proposed dream team that would lure the King appear to have opted out of joining L.A. Here's what's being said.
With the biggest question of the National Basketball Association offseason answered, the National Basketball Association now awaits other dominoes to fall as teams get set to make offers and trades to re-shape their rosters and keep pace in the race for a championship.
James, who was in Los Angeles, is also being pursued by the Lakers, who have enough salary-cap space to sign him and another star player. However, the Cavaliers likely be in the playoffs and have a chance to make some noise, post-LeBron, themselves.
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He previously played in Los Angeles with the Clippers in 2015-16.
But there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the Lakers and what comes next, as they try to build a contender around James. James, had he made a decision to stay, could have inked a five-year, $207 million deal with the Cavs. Pic: GettyIn his time with the Cavs, James managed to bring a championship to Cleveland. James helped seal a Game 7 win with a chase-down block of Andre Iguodala, the signature moment of a career that has shown no signs of decay.
He was the difference between annual title contention and residence in Eastern Conference purgatory, and it stands to reason his departure will send Cleveland back into rebuilding mode as the franchise deals with another changing of the guard.
LeBron took to Instagram after the news was revealed to thank Northeast Ohio for "an incredible 4 seasons". His oldest son, LeBron James Jr., is 13 years old.
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The Lakers would love to bring Leonard in this summer, and are feeling some pressure to do so before July 1, according to ESPN . Leonard, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, missed all but nine games last season due to a quad injury.
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