As LeBron James news spreads, Lakers fans start celebrating outside Staples Center

As LeBron James news spreads, Lakers fans start celebrating outside Staples Center

James' management on Sunday announced he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joining one of the league's most storied franchises and switching conferences to try and dethrone the Golden State Warriors and grow his own legacy.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons".

The NBA's premier free agent is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career - this time to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. With some savvy moves, the Lakers are poised to potentially add two superstars - James and Paul George and maybe Kawhi Leonard - to a team featuring up-and-coming talents like Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.

Bryant's $1.38 million contract for next season would have become fully guaranteed next week.

If the opening 24 hours of the 2018 National Basketball Association free agency have taught us anything, it's that the strangeness and shocking transactions never stop coming, especially for the Los Angeles Lakers. But those rumors also came with the idea of James luring Paul George to L.A. George instead chose to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, so James and the Lakers will need to go in a different direction to made further upgrades to their roster.

While it's anyone's guess, right now it appears that James' final decision could be between going to the Lakers or staying with the Cavaliers.

LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears
Let's take a look at what the Lakers roster and starting lineup would look like if James signed with the Lakers. Smith, who dribbled out the final seconds of regulation thinking his team was leading, led to an overtime loss.

Fans of James who have purchased a jersey in the past 90 days can exchange it for free for a Los Angeles Lakers jersey, thanks to an insurance program.

None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land.

In fact, James is rumored to be in Los Angeles at the moment to take meetings as a free agent.

But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since.

Embiid posted a message on Twitter that seemed to be directed at No. 23 and what it might be like to walk in the footsteps of Lakers legends like Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Shaquille O'Neal. James' old city, Cleveland, ranked fourth, according to Fanatics.

The Lakers will be Stephenson's seventh National Basketball Association team.

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