After news broke Sunday evening that James is headed to Los Angeles, the Westgate SuperBook reopened the Lakers at 9-2 to win next year's title. The Cleveland Cavaliers unrestricted free agent has chose to take his talent to the iconic franchise.
As we reported earlier, because Paul George, another free agent that many had expected to land in LA, his home town, but instead re-signed with Oklahoma City, Lakers fans were on pins and needles thinking this would influence James decision negatively. (It was announced Monday that James would stick his usual No. 23 when he begins his Lakers career.) NY, the San Francisco Bay Area and Cleveland rounded out the early James jersey orders.
National Basketball Association analyst and former champion Kenny "The Jet" Smith has already weighed-in on what impact this move could have on the league.
"LeBron James, four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, and two-time Olympic gold medallist, has agreed to a four-year $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers", James' management company Klutch Sports Group said in a statement. It looks like center JaVale McGee will join James in Los Angeles. Worst case scenario, however, if things fall flat, the Lakers always have the fail-safe of this generation's greatest player suiting up for their team - at least for the next four seasons.
For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James throws talc into the air in a pregame ritual on April 3, 2008.
Los Angeles also provides James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism. Cleveland, Ohio was the home of a championship team for the first time since 1964.
Speculation about James' future began in advance of last season with the 76ers and Rockets rumored to be suitors, while the Cavs had hoped to keep him in Cleveland.