Lance Stephenson follows LeBron James to the Lakers


The team from OH made a number of trades at this past year's trade deadline, drafted Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft and have most of its core outside of James, of course, locked up. "He wants to build a contender that lasts and believes the Lakers possess the recruiters, the assets and the salary cap space to do it".

LeBron James is going to the West Coast. The Lakers could let Randle walk as an unrestricted free agent, saving them a little more than $12 million.

The top markets for sales of LeBron's Lakers jersey were Los Angeles, New York, Oakland/San Francisco and Cleveland.

Then it was time to thank the man who was most responsible for that signature moment: "None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land".

James and the Cavaliers had been beaten in 3 out of 4 NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015.

The Lakers, before acquiring James, opened at 20-1 at Westgate, which has the Celtics at 7-2 as well, with the Rockets close behind at 7-1 to win it all.

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Los Angeles also provides James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism.

Of course, the Lakers would risk missing out on Leonard completely by not trading for him. Acquiring him could arguably give Philadelphia the best team in the East.

The NBA has been been mulling over the one-and-done rule for quite some time now, with suggestions being that it could be gone by 2021. There's no doubting that.

That mission was accomplished when the Cavaliers won the 2016 crown with James in the starring role as Cleveland celebrated a sports champion for the first time in 52 years.

But switching conferences for the league's best player changes things.

The Golden State Warriors are still the two-time reigning National Basketball Association champions, but watching the Lakers and Warriors division rivalry series next season will be must-see television.

The most obvious name thus far hasn't been a free agent, but a guy under contract and unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs.