Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Celebrities welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers

Celebrities welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers

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. With Julius Randle off to New Orleans, the Lakers' frontline now projects to have only Ivica Zubac and JaVale McGee sharing the center chores.

Once James answered the question that had dominated the free agent picture for months, the Lakers began filling out the roster for next season, agreeing to one-year deals with swingman Lance Stephenson, guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center JaVale McGee.

He won't come at almost the same price as other top trade targets such as Kawhi Leonard, and given the Cavs poor cap situation, the Bulls would have a ton of leverage in any trade talks.

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

Furthermore, James was at his most effective from 3-point range, taking five per game and shooting at 36.7 percent. The same could happen to Leonard if the Spurs trade him to another team.

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The four-time MVP's decision has the potential to change the National Basketball Association landscape for the foreseeable future, particularly as the Lakers are expected to continue making moves this summer.

Meanwhile, back in Cleveland, the city James departed for a second time is moving quickly to say goodbye to James after a departure, having suffered through similar pains when he left the Cavaliers in 2010 for the Miami Heat.

Here is why and how Kevin Love can become a Chicago Bull. Those subsequent moves raise one important question: LeBron is aware the Lakers did that, right? They traded a top-10 protected pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Kyle Korver. The Lakers can afford to be patient in building the team, even if James wasn't on board. Last week George opted out of the final year of his deal with the Thunder on Saturday, fueling speculation he would in fact move to L.A. this summer, but on Saturday he announced he had signed a new four-year deal with Oklahoma.

However, is this the best situation for James?

For one day only on Monday, the NBA Store tried to further entice fans with free shipping for orders of $25 or more.

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