Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

5 reasons to love the LeBron James signing

5 reasons to love the LeBron James signing

A day after James' representatives confirmed he had agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, it was announced that the massive James banner that hangs downtown will come down. But it no longer sounds as if it's Leonard-or-bust for the Lakers - there are other trade options, or they could make 2018-19 a building year before jumping into the deep free-agency pool next summer.

Lakers fans are understandably excited to welcome James to their team and city.

As proven last season in Cleveland, even at 33 years old, he has the ability to elevate a subpar club to the NBA Finals.

Despite his advancing years and the wear and tear on his body, James remains the game's most dominant player - and one of sports highest-paid.

In fact, longtime National Basketball Association writer Chris Sheridan, now of Get More Sports, wrote Monday that Los Angeles' front office is considering a number of other trade options featuring some rather notable names.

ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times and New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Rondo will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers for $9 million after releasing forward Julius Randle to free up space under the National Basketball Association salary cap.

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"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons", said James on his Instagram account. James' decision left a power vacuum in the Eastern Conference.

According to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, James knows the Lakers don't have a shot at competing for a championship this year and wants to be patient and help the team grow. While many assumed that Paul George was going to be coming to Los Angeles, he ended up staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With the Lakers signing LeBron James, there are certainly a lot of things to take in for what his impact on the franchise will be.

Nevertheless, the Lakers aren't sitting on their hands after luring LeBron to Hollywood.

While LeBron is looking to sell tickets to his film projects, he has already given a big boost to interest in Lakers tickets for next season.

But with James out of town, it looks like Love will be the topic of serious trade talk in the coming days.

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