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Ironically, the Cav's offered James an even bigger deal to stay in Cleveland (4-year $250m), but when it comes to "maximizing" his business worth, the 3-time National Basketball Association champ knows LA has more to offer.

The Lakers also are projected to have enough cap space to sign a second max contract player in 2019. They have a roster capable of making the playoffs in the depleted Eastern Conference.

James' plan to take over the Western Conference depends exclusively on his ability and skill to lead the Lakers to a championship.

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It was then reported that the Lakers had renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Just ask Bryant, who won two Olympic gold medals as James' teammate while spending his entire 20-year career with the Lakers. Randle certainly wanted a deal that went beyond a single season, which the Lakers wanted to avoid, but Randle brings more value to the Lakers than any of the players they signed, which is important to consider when you are trying to maximize the remaining years of James' career. Talking with the Spurs about a Kawhi Leonard trade will be Johnson's biggest and most hard task, but if he can get a deal done, LeBron will have his needed sidekick. The Lakers are steaming toward a new future, with little tying them to the lamentable recent past. His goal is to surpass LeBron James, not to help LeBron win more rings.

Most would think that Miocic would be disheartened to hear of James' departure from Cleveland. This was especially the case after Paul George made a decision to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder as opposed to joining the Lakers. One site that thought about it several weeks ago was Sportsbook Review, a site dedicated to sports gambling and revealing the latest odds from the world's best online sportsbooks, and predicted exactly why LeBron would be joining the Lakers before he made it public. If Magic Johnson doesn't choose to go that route, other options include Tyreke Evans or possibly Jabari Parker.