LeBron James banner removed from Cleveland building after Lakers deal

LeBron James banner removed from Cleveland building after Lakers deal

LeBron James banner removed from Cleveland building after Lakers deal

But with the signing of a free-agent superstar, the Lakers already have followed through on the most important part of the plan set forth 16 months ago by Magic Johnson when he took over the club's basketball operations.

While Rondo has demonstrated that he can still contribute, especially as a passer, his defense and shooting are still severe limitations in his game. After all, they're only for one year, and the Lakers probably aren't contending this year anyway.

Other free-agents decided remaining with their team's was the best option.

The obvious name in any discussion about added star power is disgruntled San Antonio Spurs swingman Kawhi Leonard. Yes, it might allow LeBron to play off-ball some more this season, but that's not going to work as well as it could with no one who can space the floor.

Last season, rumors swirled about Lakers players being uninterested in playing for the Walton when the team was on a losing streak. It was possible for the Lakers to retain Randle on a one-year deal with an inflated salary, exceeding the $9 million he will be making annually on his two year agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans.

"How you gonna give my son the best player in the game?" This move tarnished James' on-court image to many basketball fans, labeling him a "ring chaser".

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He raised his level of production in the postseason like he normally does by averaging 10.3 points, 12.2 assists, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as they reached the second round.

But as freaky as it seems to team James up with a former nemesis, a big man whose basketball IQ gets questioned daily and a point guard who can't shoot in a time when every position needs to be able to shoot, this is all part of the Lakers' grand plan.

Last season, when rumors LeBron might opt out of the final year of his deal with Cleveland began circulating, the Lakers were immediately installed as favorites to land him. Paul George re-signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chris Paul re-upped with the Houston Rockets. "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.

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