LeBron James is Now a Laker, Signs 4-Year $154 Million Deal
LeBron James is coming to the Los Angeles Lakers.
After lengthy speculations, and numerous tampering fines (looking at you Magic!), the ultimate goal of the Lakers has finally happened, and officially ending the franchise’s five-year rebuild.
LeBron’s agency, Klutch Sports Group, officially announced the deal via Twitter and confirmed that the best player in the world has agreed to sign a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers.
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 2, 2018
Although the Purple & Gold has long been touted to be the King’s preferred destination, his move still came as a surprise to many, as it came out fast.
Before LeBron’s signing, the Lakers were being watched by many after missing out on their first target, Paul George, who resigned with the Oklahoma City Thunders, as well as cooling off trade talks with the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.
Then all of a sudden, a paradigm shift has happened when the reigning best player in the world signed with Lakers, transforming the team from fringe playoff contenders, to sure-fire NBA finals participant.
It’s hard to accept, particularly for Laker fans, that the gruelling five-year rebuild has finally come to an end. After Kobe’s Achilles injury back in 2013, the team were nothing more than after-thought in the league. Moreover, every off-season, the Lakers are getting passed off by countless All-Star free agents, notably LaMarcus Aldridge, and even LeBron himself back on 2014.
But all of that changed when the Lakers decided to overhaul its front office. Now headed by the trip of Jeanie Buss, as controlling owner, with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka serving as President of Basketball Operations and General Manager respectively, the team was seen as a hot spot for players again.
Ultimately, it all proved to be worth it as the Lakers are now the biggest winners on this off season’s free agency.
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