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LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154 million deal with Lakers

The basketball world has officially been flipped upside down.

LeBron James is a Los Angeles Laker.

James’ agency, Klutch Sports, sent out a press release to announce the agreement, which was about as nonchalant as you could dream of for a signing of this magnitude.

With James in L.A., the West becomes even more ridiculous, with the Lakers likely sliding in as the third-best team in the conference behind Golden State and Houston. And there’s a good chance they’re not even done yet.

The Lakers are extremely interested in trading for San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, a top-five player in the league when healthy. ESPN reports that L.A. will get even more aggressive in trade talks with the Spurs to secure a deal for the superstar.

Leonard has even reached out to James about joining him in Los Angeles.

There were also several reports that former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was a top target for the Lakers in free agency behind James. L.A. had a conversation with Boogie right after midnight today, and they were reportedly trying to set up a meeting with the superstar big man in the very near future.

After Kentavious Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $12 million deal to return to Los Angeles, however, that likely takes the Lakers out of the running for his services. There’s a very strong chance he returns to New Orleans, with a sign-and-trade to Washington also being discussed

Nerlens Noel has the Lakers on his final list, and Julius Randle is a restricted free agent. Los Angeles can go above the salary cap to match any deal Randle signs with another franchise.

As for the East, the Boston Celtics easily become the favorites to represent the conference in the Finals, with the Raptors and Sixers coming in at No. 2 and No. 3, and Milwaukee after that. Beyond those four, the rest of the playoff spots are up for grabs.

Sheesh.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

23 Comments for LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154 million deal with Lakers



  1. tree_gardener
    9:41 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    Lol



  2. jccox46062
    10:05 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t sleep on the Pacers



  3. Swizzle
    10:10 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    No longer can pull for the guy



  4. Han
    10:13 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    Cue all the haters talking about how Jordan never went to another team (until he unretired the 2nd time and played for the Wizards) and how Kobe stayed a Laker his whole career.

    Cue all the haters conveniently ignoring that without Phil Jackson, Kobe and Michael combined for 0 Rings. Lebron’s won his titles with who coaching?



    • Jeremy D
      10:22 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

      Cue everyone calling you a idiot….and rightly so.



    • IndianaSucks
      10:31 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

      How many coach of the year awards did Phil Jackson win?

      Zero.

      That happens when you’re coaching multiple first ballot hall of famer’s. Just like the warriors, I could’ve coached the bulls and Lakers to a title.



    • bigbluebanana
      11:26 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

      Cue me thinking this might be the all time dumbest argument in KSR history, and that’s saying A LOT!



    • 4everUKblue
      8:06 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

      How many championship series did Jordan and the Bulls lose. How many times has a Lebron team been swept? How many game winning plays did Phil Jackson make?



  5. BBNDan7
    10:17 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    Eastern conference playoffs for the battle to be the 4/5th best team in the league



    • 4everUKblue
      8:09 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

      He has grown accustomed to being on the best team in the weaker east to get him to the finals.



  6. rlburd2
    10:22 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    Lebron still in search of ppl to win ships for him, since he struggles mightily to seal the deal. Lebron will end up all time scoring and excuses leader, hands down.



  7. Jeremy D
    10:23 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    Bro….LA is not 3rd in the West…Maybe not even 4th



  8. IndianaSucks
    10:25 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    The Indiana Pacers suck, just like the state.



  9. JTHinton
    11:24 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    Okay so I’m a lifelong lakers fan….please don’t hate me….



  10. Han
    12:24 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Lance Stephenson and Javale McGee joining him, rumors Carmelo will eventually.



  11. TB112162
    4:39 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Even with Lebron they are not the 3rd best team in the West they better upgrade the roster right now I would say 5th or 6th



  12. CatManDo
    6:37 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Every ESPN show script today (and basically every day) ” LeBron, LeBron, LeBron…….”.



  13. unbridled
    7:36 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Why is it so easy to dislike LeBron?