Lakers Consulting With LeBron James On Offseason Moves

Ivan Schwartz
July 3, 2018

(The Lakers already sold the sixth-most jerseys in the league last season without an established star like James.) The cherry on top is that James signed a four-year deal-assurance for some fans who might not want to spend on a jersey that could be irrelevant a year from now.

The 2,600-pound banner posted on the Sherwin-Williams Global Headquarters Wall was originally installed in 2014 when James returned to Cleveland from the Miami Heat.

LeBron James, widely considered to have carried the Cleveland Cavaliers through the playoffs, has signed a four-year, $154-million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, and everyone's reaction seems to be "Yeah, we get it".

The four-time MVP's decision has the potential to change the National Basketball Association landscape for the foreseeable future, particularly as the Lakers are expected to continue making moves this summer.

LeBron, 33, had been linked with a move to the Lakers in recent months as it became clear his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers could not realistically compete with the Golden State Warriors.

This is James' third team in eight years.

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They have now gone five consecutive seasons without competing in the postseason - the longest drought in franchise history. Those subsequent moves raise one important question: LeBron is aware the Lakers did that, right? LeBron's connection to Akron, Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio will most certainly endure as his commitment to the region and his support of many important causes has been impactful to so many kids and families.

James informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option.

"To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember", James said after the Cavs' last loss of the finals.

James led the Cavaliers to a NBA Championship in 2016, when they upset the Warriors and shocked the world after being down 3-1 in the best of seven series.

The Lakers may also have sweetened the deal by having room under their salary cap to sign another maximum-salary free agent, rumoured to be the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard.

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