LeBron James to join Los Angeles Lakers in $154m deal


A pre-sale of the James jersey began at 8:45 p.m. ET on Sunday night, less than one hour after the four-time NBA MVP announced his intention to sign with the Lakers.

They have now gone five consecutive seasons without competing in the postseason - the longest drought in franchise history.

The Lakers have the salary-cap flexibility to become a behemoth once more, with James a huge pull for other stars wanting to challenge the Warriors' empire and attempt to upset the status quo.

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The Warriors have defeated James's Cavs in three of the last four NBA Finals including a 4-0 sweep last month. The 27-year-old small forward has emerged as a strong -325 wager to part ways with the San Antonio Spurs on the National Basketball Association player props, and has reportedly expressed interest in joining the Lakers, a move that would further shake up the National Basketball Association futures.

"They wouldn't do anything without consulting (LeBron) at least", said Ramona Shelburne.

Perhaps the Cavs could have won if J.R. Smith had not forgotten the score and decided he was "going rover" like Will Ferrell's Jackie Moon in "Semi-Pro", sending Game 1 to overtime and making James' bemused reaction - a picture of frustration, bafflement and anger - an internet sensation.

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Paul George (player option): He has one of the best all-around games in the league and is still fairly young at 28. Since joining Golden State, Kevin Durant's free agency has been as anticlimactic as the Warriors' title pursuits.

James, 33, will not be the only veteran on the young team next season, however. Since free agency opened, the Lakers have added Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo, allowed Julius Randle to bolt to New Orleans, and re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (for way too much money!).

Lonzo Ball, 22-year-old Kyle Kuzma and 23-year-Josh Hart. Sherman said the Lakers are fourth in the Westgate's power rankings behind Golden State, the Houston Rockets and Boston, with the 76ers fifth.

James also played a supporting role on-screen in 2015 Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck".

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"Only a handful of athletes in the world can have an effect on ticket demand like LeBron James can", StubHub GM Scott Jablonski told Reuters. In fact, James' Lakers jersey is the only one sold during free agency that's cracked the company's top 10.