Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Lebron James To Join L.A.Lakers In $154 Million Deal

Lebron James To Join L.A.Lakers In $154 Million Deal

The NBA free agency has been insane ever since LeBron James announced that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and joining the Los Angeles Lakers.

As we reported earlier, because Paul George, another free agent that many had expected to land in LA, his home town, but instead re-signed with Oklahoma City, Lakers fans were on pins and needles thinking this would influence James decision negatively. Although Walton has been unable to end the playoff drought as of yet, the former Lakers forward has earned high praise for what he's been able to accomplish thus far in Los Angeles.

This is a unsafe time for the Lakers, because they need to be wise in how the spend their remaining cap space and assets in an attempt to turn the Lakers into a title contender just one year after winning just 35 games last season.

He will sign a 1-year, $4.5 million deal, a little bit more than he was set to make in IN, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Once James answered the question that had dominated the free agent picture for months, the Lakers began filling out the roster for next season, agreeing to one-year deals with swingman Lance Stephenson, guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center JaVale McGee.

There have been some nasty fouls between the two, and everyone remembers Stephenson blowing in James' ear.

Only the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors have better championship odds than the Lakers at the Westgate.

As ESPN's Darren Rovell points out in a side-by-side comparison, Gilbert has indeed shown a change in maturity that perhaps has come as a result of winning a championship and having James back for a second act. Maybe he's willing to put his rivalries in the past so he can succeed in the future.

FILE - In this July 10, 2010, file photo, workmen remove a large mural of NBA basketball star LeBron James from a building in downtown Cleveland.

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