LeBron James banner comes down in Cleveland

Posted July 06, 2018

Bryant, in fact, was among the first to congratulate James on his four-year deal.

It came as little surprise to those in James' inner circle, despite making his route to the NBA Finals infinitely more tricky by placing him on a collision course with the likes of Golden State and Houston. The Boston Celtics are the only National Basketball Association franchise with more titles (17). Similarly, given Los Angeles could clear enough cap space for two max contracts, the suggestion at least another All-Star would join LeBron in California was nearly taken for granted. I am not a fan of renouncing the rights to Julius Randle to bring Rondo in on a similar price, but here are three reasons why this is a good addition for the Lakers.

The Lakers signed JaVale McGee (C), Lance Stephenson (SF/SG) and Rajon Rondo (PG), all for 1-year deals.

While Rondo has demonstrated that he can still contribute, especially as a passer, his defense and shooting are still severe limitations in his game. "Lonzo makes everybody better, including him". With disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard still out there and having reportedly asked to be traded to the Lakers, it's tough to just jump to the conclusion L.A. has outright flubbed its big acquisition of James. If Rondo outplays Ball in any significant manner, it may deflate Ball's value on the market and make it more hard to swing a deal for Leonard.

It was inevitable that the 10-story image of James, with his arms outstretched and the word "Cleveland" on the back of his jersey, would no longer adorn Cleveland's Sherwin-Williams building after he announced Sunday evening he was signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Last week, Magic Johnson suggested the Lakers were operating on a two-year plan and would not be rushed into decision this summer, particularly given Leonard, Irving, Klay Thompson and DeAndre Jordan will be unrestricted free agents in 12 months. Lakers have always been one of the fiercest enemies of the Warriors. However, Julius Randle and Isiah Thomas are already set to move out.

The veteran enjoyed a resurgence with the New Orleans Pelicans last season and played some of his best basketball in years. Ball said. "You don't give my son the best player in the game and don't think he gonna win no championships!" For example, Seth Curry agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.75 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Lakers' other moves this offseason seems to point to the idea that Johnson is not going all-out to chase a ring in the 2018-19 season. During the 2013-14 season, Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

A source close to LeBron told Windhorst: "Unlike most free agents changing teams, LeBron is arriving with the Lakers as an all-time great".