LeBron Flies To Italy After Signing Mega-Deal With Lakers

Heather Diaz
July 6, 2018

Unlike his two previous forays in free agency, James did not drag out his decision and made the announcement less than 24 hours after National Basketball Association free agency opened.

That is the claim made by Dahntay Jones, a close friend and former team-mate of James' at the Cleveland Cavaliers during their championship-winning season in 2016. With how the Lakers appear to want to utilise him, he'll have to allow others - players and coaches - to have the reins more.

And then came the subsequent news that joining the James in Los Angeles will be Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo. As of late, James hadn't had much luck with the Cleveland Cavaliers and after multiple defeats by the Golden State Warriors, James knew it was time to take his talents elsewhere.

"Lonzo makes everybody better, including (LeBron)", Ball said. With disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard still out there and having reportedly asked to be traded to the Lakers, it's tough to just jump to the conclusion L.A. has outright flubbed its big acquisition of James. If Rondo outplays Ball in any significant manner, it may deflate Ball's value on the market and make it more hard to swing a deal for Leonard. Golden State has always considered the Los Angeles Lakers a formidable opponent.

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The Egypt worldwide has committed to a new five-year contract that will see Salah remain at the Anfield outfit until 2023. Salah had to come off after half an hour against the Spanish giants in Kiev after suffering a shoulder injury.

The Lakers also are projected to have enough cap space to sign a second max contract player in 2019. He's no longer an All-Star, but the 32-year-old remains one of the best passers in the league and raised his level of play in the postseason each of the past two years.

Perhaps the Lakers weren't locks to land quality free agents like Tyreke Evans or DeMarcus Cousins. James made the announcement Sunday, July 1, 2018, on a release, saying he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract. Curry's improved playmaking and shooting make him a solid fit for a Lakers team that is in dire need of more shooters and spacing. Hill averaged 9.4 points and 2.8 assists in 24 games with the Cavs last season. Evans was hampered with injuries at the end of the season but he was also being held out of games as the Memphis Grizzlies fielded offers to acquire Evans mid-season.

However, unlike the team that LeBron joined in Cleveland, there is now no Kyrie Irving on the Lakers. First and foremost, LeBron James is gone. However, it is a bit disappointing that the Lakers followed up this momentous occasion by adding players that don't maximize LeBron's chances of competing for a championship this upcoming season.

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