LeBron James to the Lakers: Crunching the career numbers

"The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders".

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant said he personally welcomed James to the organisation on Sunday.

Only the Golden State Warriors have shorter odds than the 16-time National Basketball Association champions, with the bookies giving the defending National Basketball Association champions 10/11 odds of retaining their title and becoming the first team since the Lakers in the early 2000s to win three consecutive championships. A common National Basketball Association rumor is Kawhi Leonard joining the King, but what are the chances of this happening?

Even as an iconic 10-story banner of James is about to be removed from a Cleveland building, 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 McGee.

Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard (assuming he's not traded to the Lakers) will all be free agency targets for Los Angeles next summer.

Cleveland's success also ended the city's 52-year wait for a major sporting title. He returned to the Cavs in 2014 after four seasons in Miami.

Though James will be playing for another team next season, there is no denying the impact he had on Northeast Ohio.

He will sign a 1-year, $4.5 million deal, a little bit more than he was set to make in IN, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. Talent wise, the argument can be made that the Sixers would have given the James a better chance of taking down teams like the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, but also seeing him join the Lakers isn't the end of the world.

But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since. This is the longest contract LeBron has signed since his six-year deal with the Heat in 2010, though the final two years of that contract were player options. "The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances".

James signed a four-year, $154 million max contract, according to a release from Klutch Sports Group.

  • Stacy Allen