LeBron James: LA Lakers backed for NBA Championship glory after mega move

Eileen GuzmanJul 03, 2018

July 1st will forever be remembered in Los Angeles Lakers history as the day LeBron James restored the franchise's glitz and glamour.

Basketball star LeBron James has agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year deal worth $154m (£116m), his agents have announced. The most obvious name thus far hasn't been a free agent, but a guy under contract and unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs.

Los Angeles ranked as the top sales market for James jerseys. But Wojnarowski also tweeted on Sunday that Leonard truly wants to be a Laker. As Lakers fans continue to express excitement following Sunday's news that James intends to sign with their team, business in downtown L.A. are also looking forward to the 14-time All-Star's arrival.

But, what would potential packages look like?

It might be tough to imagine Klay Thompson leaving the Warriors, but his father did play for the Lakers. With PG13 staying in OKC, the only hopes for LeBron to sniff a ring is if the Lakers trade for Kawhi Leonard.

The much anticipated first match-up between the LeBron James led Lakers and the Golden State Warriors will be at SAP Center in San Jose on October 12. They were 48-11 against Eastern Conference clubs in the playoffs.

James' four-year, $154 million contract will net him over $35 million each season, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN. A failed super team and poor decisions in free agency resulted in the Lakers having to go through a tough rebuild.

Last season, he averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and shot 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. "This will always be home", James posted on his Instagram story.

Without a shadow of doubt, James was the driving force behind Cleveland's recent success.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has chronicled LeBron's career from its pages, and to see the progression over the years from the paper's front page is strangely touching.

The Lakers young core, including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are undoubtedly excited to land LeBron right now, but in the back of their mind, they all have to be wondering if they will actually get the chance to suit up with King James.

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