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LeBron James joining the Lakers: See James' goodbye message to Cleveland

02 July, 2018, 05:32 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Private jet that went from Cleveland to Caribbean headed to LA

James' camp and the Cavaliers' front office have maintained a dialogue since the season ended, sources said.

James became a free agent on Friday by opting out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the Lakers rumored to be a contender to land him. George reportedly will re-up with his current Oklahoma Thunder home, while Paul re-signed with the Houston Rockets for a maximum deal. Los Angeles will provide James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism.

Paul also represents Simmons and James has been complimentary of the Rookie of the Year.

Now that free agency has started, keep checking back to see where the top players have signed.

At this point, all we really know is that there are a couple of teams being mentioned for LeBron James, and it doesn't sound like he's taken any in-person meetings.

The bonanza started Saturday night when Durant made a decision to sign a two-year, $61.5 million deal with the stay with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, one where he'll make $30.5 million this season.




For five years the Lakers wandered through an National Basketball Association desert, amid the twilight of Kobe Bryant's career as his body no longer let him be the player who helped lead the Lakers through their last set of glory years.

LeBron James is now a Laker. The deal is a four-year deal worth $154 million.

They might need the boost, because the Western Conference is going to be loaded again.

James averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.4 steals and shot 54.2 percent from the field this past season. That came after the King was spotted landing in Los Angeles.

The Cavs, who are well over the NBA's projected $101 million salary cap for next season, are not expected to make an early deal outside of whatever happens with James' decision. In Los Angeles, championships are the standard and he'll feel new pressure in upholding the legacies of Johnson, Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and other Lakers greats.

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