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With the Lakers, James will be playing in the Western Conference for the first time and just down the Pacific Coast Highway from the Warriors, the team that has stymied him three times in the past four finals. Smith reported the Lakers can have as much as $68 million if they can work something out with Luol Deng, and by withdrawing a qualifying offer to Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Accomplishments: Four-time All-Star and one-time N.B.A. finalist entering his fifth season.

Some had expected the move to Los Angeles, where the OH native owns two homes.

"My love of the game continues to get bigger and bigger and greater and greater and hopefully my game and my health continue to be at a level it is today for some years to come". It will be interesting to see if the Lakers do try and land another star in a trade to go along with James.

At worst, Los Angeles now has a team that can go a round in the playoffs, if not two. Another option for the Lakers is to acquire Kawhi Leonard through a trade. Earlier this season, James was flattered when a Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in OH urging James to come to Philadelphia, where the club has been abiding by a "Trust The Process" mantra while rebuilding. The first piece might be immediately swaying Pelicans' forward Boogie Cousins to sign with the Lakers instead of the Pelicans. Vegas also has the Lakers as the favorites.

James, who returned to Los Angeles from vacation Saturday before National Basketball Association free agency opened, will not take part in the meeting, the person said.




The failure convinced James it was time to leave and in a televised reveal, James moved to the Miami Heat alongside stars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

James has slow-pedaled his last two free-agent decisions, but from the moment his private plane landed at Van Nuys Airport in L.A. on Saturday, he was proceeding with unusual urgency.

The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James. Every team needs something of an enforcer, a player to make sure the opposition doesn't just run over them while also energizing his own teammates. Short contracts are the new normal.

LeBron's departure leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers scrambling, though they knew this was a possibility.

Gilbert began the note by affectionately looking back at the moment when his franchise had reached the summit of the National Basketball Association two years ago.

The Lakers have positioned themselves with a massive amount of cap space to make noise this summer. It's expensive and will be easily worth it for bringing the Lakers back to relevance and, potentially, back to contending for a championship.


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