The four-time NBA All-Star, who called the Warriors to solicit his services, has career averages of 21.5 points, 11 rebounds per year game in eight seasons, including 25.2 and 12.9 last season with the Pelicans.
The massive Los Angeles market will also provide James with a grander platform for his philanthropy and social activism. Don't be surprised if the Pelicans are not as good come playoff time.
The Lakers jerseys will ship seven to 10 days after James officially signs his contract.
On Friday, James informed the Cavs that he was not exercising his $35.6 million option and becoming a free agent.
While the signings might seem a little questionable, the plan makes a lot of sense. Plain and simple. He carried a mediocre Cleveland team last season to the NBA Finals.
The best player of his generation might no longer be the best recruiter in the league.
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According to the New York Times' Marc Stein , the 76ers feel the same way about their pursuit of the NBA's best player. Both L.A. and Northern Ohio are home to James, and he has no such connection with the City of Brotherly Love.
Now James has his work cut out for him.
LeBron James' decision to take a $154 million, four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and leave behind his hometown team of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been a boost for Fanatics. 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. "My family is a huge part of whatever I decide to do", he said after the Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors 4-0 in the NBA Finals. With a four-year deal, James can wait for the Lakers to build a rival superteam around him.
Still, just because Los Angeles have made the big move to acquire James and made this trio of head-scratchers afterwards doesn't mean its off-season business is over.
Players can not sign contracts with teams until Friday under National Basketball Association free agency rules.