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Lakers Make Questionable Moves After Landing LeBron

LeBron James New Orleans Pelicans host Cleveland Cavaliers 201 Lakers Make Questionable Moves After Landing LeBron
Noah Ferguson | 05 July, 2018, 20:08

King James ended speculation about where he will play next season by inking a massive four-year, $154-million contract with the Lakers. However, not to be outdone, the Warriors quickly countered with a big splash, inking all-star centre DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal, and cementing their position as heavy -185 chalk to claim a third straight National Basketball Association title. Lonzo Ball was thought to be the team's point guard of the present and future, but the Lakers reportedly told Rondo the best point guard will earn the starting job because they want to win now.

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

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the six-time National Basketball Association champion who was part of the Lakers dynasty through the 1980s, expressed hope that James's arrival signals a change in fortunes.

"He is available. The Lakers are signing a bunch of one-year contracts to create cap flexibility next year - the year that Magic has said he'll quit if he doesn't land somebody". The contrast to when LeBron and Dwyane Wade worked in tandem to convince Chris Bosh and Ray Allen to join them in Miami, or to when LeBron lured Kevin Love from Minnesota to Cleveland, is striking.

We'll see how this goes, but the Lakers might want to start making those moves to acquire a little shooting sooner rather than later.

Last year, as a Cleveland Cavalier, he averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game. Evans offers the same sort of skill set as Stephenson but at a higher level and without the on-court antics. However, there should be concern that at age 33, James will compete against an absurdly deep Western Conference and a Warriors team that seems to be more stacked with talent than ever before.

The iconic Nike LeBron James banner will come down today. Considering the moves the Lakers made after coming to terms with LeBron, it's not clear they have done that this offseason.

Again, we can not underestimate how significant it is that LeBron James is now a Laker. Maybe that means trading for Kawhi Leonard or taking another chance on Howard in hopes that he can contribute to a championship contender.

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