That release claims James has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Lakers that would be worth a staggering US$154 million.
A team contingent met with James’ representatives on Sunday in Los Angeles, and sources said James was interested in playing for Philly. The Cavaliers’ odds have fallen to 500/1.
Leonard wanted to move back to his hometown even before James settled on his future but the 33-year-old’s decision will undoubtedly have convinced the Spurs ace that he can potentially win more rings if he moves to LA. He is a 3-D, catch-and-shoot player who figures to fit well alongside James.
George’s choice could sway James to sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, but the Lakers are determined to get their hands on the four-time MVP.
But while the Cavs and Lakers appear to be the front-runners for James, the Philadelphia 76ers aren’t ready to give up the fight.
Saturday night, reports indicated James might be interested in joining up with Pelicans free agent center DeMarcus Cousins in Los Angeles, though it’s unclear if that remains the case.
James’ second departure from his home state of OH comes under far different circumstances than the first, which sparked intense anger and disappointment among Cavaliers fan following his announcement on ESPN.
Getty Magic Johnson has the most cap space to work with of any team in the league. He has been to nine NBA Finals – including the past eight – and won three championships. That’s what Embiid thinks anyway, and he’s probably not wrong given all the history that those two all time greats have with the Lakers franchise.
James led the Cavaliers to the first National Basketball Association title in franchise history in 2016, when the team rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors in seven games.
For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003 and have to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11 years they had him. Former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a contingent that went to his house and stayed with him until the deal was official.