LeBron James’ $154 Million LA Lakers Decision Helps Drive Sales for Fanatics

LeBron James’ $154 Million LA Lakers Decision Helps Drive Sales for Fanatics

LeBron James’ $154 Million LA Lakers Decision Helps Drive Sales for Fanatics

In lieu of James' decision to join the Lakers, several Cleveland newspapers, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, chose to pay their respects with a front page feature.

Hours after the news of James' contract broke, the Lakers announced they had signed small forward and shooting guard Lance Stephenson and twice National Basketball Association champion Javale McGee to one-year deals.

James, who has a home and production company in Los Angeles, joins a team with plenty of money to spend under the National Basketball Association salary cap and a desire to rebuild into a championship team after years of struggles.

The explosion of Lakers ticket interest should come as no surprise to anyone who followed James' two stints in Cleveland.

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The Pelicans have signed Julius Randle, the Thunder have signed Nerlens Noel and James went to the Lakers.

And he also snubbed what could have been the most money and longest deal available, the Cavaliers being able to extend James a five-year contract worth $209 million. Of course, the pair's many postseason runs have included numerous showdowns as opponents of James when he played for the Cavs and Heat, including the unforgettable moment in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals when Stephenson blew in a certain someone's ear. One man can only do so much, and the Lakers probably need another superstar before they're legitimate title contenders capable of matching up with the Warriors and Houston Rockets, among others.

He won't come at almost the same price as other top trade targets such as Kawhi Leonard, and given the Cavs poor cap situation, the Bulls would have a ton of leverage in any trade talks. They immediately traded the No. 1 pick in Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love. "They still ain't gonna win with this team right here - the Lakers with LeBron!"

Instead, James signed a four-year deal with the Lakers (with a reported opt-in for the fourth year).

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