LeBron James to the Lakers means the Suns can take their time

LeBron James's flight was tracked by Lakers fans

LeBron James's flight was tracked by Lakers fans

After one year with the Thunder, George liked the organization enough to re-sign there on a four-year deal instead of joining the Lakers. Because if LeBron really cares about chasing titles as he enters his age 34 season and maybe the last year of his prime, if he really cares about making a dent in the whole MJ vs. LeBron debate, then it made no sense signing a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers. Now that it's Monday, the local newspapers in Cleveland can appropriately say goodbye to their star and hometown product, and those in Los Angeles can welcome their new free agent acquisition with the fanfare he deserves. Cleveland could choose to keep him and build around him as well, although he has two years left on his deal and likely wants to continue competing for titles at this stage of his career. While LeBron fans-turned-foes took to the internet to express their displeasure with the King leaving the Cavs, Lakers fans did the opposite in exuding pure joy. Stephenson, however, did still show last season in IN that he is capable of providing a spark on the bench and will likely be a limited contributor in that capacity this coming season.

StubHub saw Cavaliers ticket demand increase every single year after James returned from the Miami Heat in 2014-15, and the exchange's average purchase price for Cavs tickets went up 80 percent from the previous year during LeBron's first season back. Currently, the rule serves as a way to force players to either complete one year of college basketball in the U.S., or travel overseas to play in an global pro league for one season. James led Cleveland to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Golden State Warriors in four games.

The Lakers had a large amount of cap space to work with. At the time, he had no way of knowing that the rookie the team had just drafted, Kobe Bryant, would prove to be a flawless complement to him on the court (regardless of how poorly they got along everywhere else). Now he has to go through the Warriors and the Rockets in the Western Conference playoffs before the NBA Finals.

James follows basketball legends such as Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in wearing the famous Lakers uniform.

Shortly after the announcement, James posted a three-photo tribute to Cleveland fans on his Instagram account.

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

The Lakers can offer top money plus talent and draft picks in order to surround James with competitive players enough to challenge the Warriors, who suddenly must contend with James as a Pacific division rival rather than a foe to be faced only twice a season and for the National Basketball Association title.

Now, we must wait and see what Kawhi Leonard's future will be.

League sources told ESPN that the Lakers also added free agents Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee.

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