LeBron James signs four-year deal with Los Angeles Lakers

Elena Summers
July 4, 2018

The explosion of Lakers ticket interest should come as no surprise to anyone who followed James' two stints in Cleveland.

Well, with the NBA's moratorium period not ending until 12:01 p.m. on July 6, Embiid and the Sixers still have some time to change James' mind.

Love, 29, is a five-time All-Star, and was a key member of the Cavs teams that appeared in four-consecutive NBA Finals. It's also important to reiterate that we don't know if the Lakers actually want Howard-just that such a move is on his radar.

The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2018 National Basketball Association free agency period with more money to spend than any other team in the league. As Jenkins noted, James has never played for a team owner or president he can relate to as much as Johnson, both on the court and off of it. Johnson's influence may have been a huge part in the Lakers landing James. The Celtics come out of the weekend sitting third on the National Basketball Association championship odds at +510, well ahead of the 76ers, who have tumbled to +1425 after failing to attract James to the City of Brotherly Love, while the Cavaliers have made a massive drop to a distant +50000.

Cleveland was unceremoniously swept by the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals.

Unlike eight years ago when James' announcement that he was joining the Miami Heat was a televised affair, Sunday's news was posted by his agency Klutch Sports via Twitter.

That mission was accomplished when the Cavaliers won the 2016 crown with James in the starring role as Cleveland celebrated a sports champion for the first time in 52 years.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons", Akron-native James wrote. "They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago".

Next year's expected free agent market would include San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, former James teammate Kyrie Irving and Golden State guard Klay Thompson. It brought in an estimated $21 million in earned media for Goodyear.

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