Lance Stephenson follows LeBron James to the Lakers

02 July, 2018, 17:56 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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LeBron James will begin a new chapter in his Hall of Fame career after agreeing to sign a four-year £117million deal with Los Angeles Lakers, leaving Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time.

Never-the-less, Cleveland still has the advantage to woo back James: The team can offer a max contract of $207 million over five years, compared to the $152 million over four years he could receive from another team. Klang saw the same deflation the first time James left Cleveland for Miami. He knows what he wants and he's very familiar with the Cavaliers after leading them to four straight NBA Finals since returning as a free agent in 2014 following four seasons in Miami.

The game's best all-around player and biggest star will now lead a young team that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding but will instantly rise with James.

The Associated Press reports that this is James' third time in eight years that he has changed teams.

By James signing first, it's unclear how the Lakers' pursuit of Leonard may be affected. Earlier this season, James was flattered when a Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in OH urging James to come to Philadelphia, where the club has been abiding by a "Trust The Process" mantra while rebuilding.

Stephenson would be an interesting addition to the core players that the Lakers already have.

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But there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the Lakers and what comes next, as they try to build a contender around James.

James will hope the Lakers can acquire another All-Star level talent, likely to be Kawhi Leonard via a trade with the San Antonio Spurs, so they can challenge Golden State out west.

Imagine it: LeBron James Jr, coming up against his own father on an National Basketball Association court, and just ruining the old boy by dunking all over him.

Agents for the 33-year-old playmaker said Sunday, July 1, that James has agreed to a 4-year contract worth $154 million with the Lakers, who haven't reached the playoffs in a club record 5 seasons. But having James committed for the foreseeable future gives the Lakers reason to play the long game.

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