And he also snubbed what could have been the most money and longest deal available, the Cavaliers being able to extend James a five-year contract worth $209 million. We still have plenty of time to come up with a better name for his choice, but for now, the important thing is this: LeBron James is now a Los Angeles Laker. Shortly after James announced that he would be a Laker, the team made several reported additions to the roster, erasing nearly all of their available salary cap space. Of course, the pair's many postseason runs have included numerous showdowns as opponents of James when he played for the Cavs and Heat, including the unforgettable moment in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals when Stephenson blew in a certain someone's ear.
That mission was accomplished when the Cavaliers won the 2016 crown with James in the starring role.
Only on this occasion James leaves two years after delivering the city's first championship in more than 52 years, and with Cavs fans wishing him well and thanking him for an incredible run.
Unlike past free-agent decisions, James wasted no time in announcing his next move.
If the Lakers are going to add another game-changer this summer, it'll likely be through a trade.
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However, it's certainly a risk that the Warriors are willing to take to acquire a superstar for just the mid-level exception. According to Griffin, the four-time NBA MVP believes "a great deal" in New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins .
James will get the Lakers to the postseason, even in the West.
The likes of Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler are all expected to hit the open market and the California-based outfit wants to be big players next year too.
James and the Cavaliers have been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015.
James doesn't make the Lakers a real threat to dethrone the Golden State Warriors if he's the only superstar on the team.
The sunny climes of California also hold much allure for James' high school sweetheart, business owner and interior designer Brinson, who according to one Bleacher Report story, has voiced her desire to live in L.A. full-time.