LeBron James to join Lakers for $154 million over 4 years

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This stuff sure will be fun to watch, though.

What to make of LeBron's decision? Now, look where that got them.

LeBron is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, but has notably less Championship wins than the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to back that up. We're talking about the next few years, as the Lakers have clearly put themselves in the business of winning a title, if not multiple titles, during LeBron's tenure. The Lakers certainly could rise to that range.

Once James committed to the Lakers, Stephenson was a top player on the team's priority list. So there's no doubt that the Lakers organization and the Buss family, which has owed the franchise since 1979, will do what it takes to win. Even golfer Tony Finau, who attended high school just down the street from the arena, welcomed LeBron to his favorite team in a PGA Tour video.

Even without Paul George, who agreed to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, that makes the Lakers an instant contender. The Jazz have proven they're better than the Thunder.

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Shortly after LeBron's agency broke the news of James signing with the Lakers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Leonard remains focused on playing for L.A. The NBA needs to create a 1-through-16 playoff format, as soon as possible. Whether they land Leonard or not, having James in a market like LA is the ultimate recruiting tool to bring other star players aboard.

But remember, the Celtics were set up to play it both ways by that 2013 heist they pulled on the Brooklyn Nets.

But James has been to eight straight National Basketball Association finals.

In a tone and tenor much different than his letter to Cavs fans following James' stunning move to Miami in 2010, the Cavs owner sent a message of gratitude to his former player. It also should be said that he fulfilled everything he promised in his return to Cleveland, delivering a title in 2016. That is a not a team that will contend for the Eastern Conference crown, so teams like Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto will have elevated expectations now that they don't have to meet LeBron early in the postseason.

Another factor pundits considered behind James' move west was the opportunity to link up with a young roster, including 2017's number-two draft pick Lonzo Ball and Germany's Isaac Bonga, which could ensure he wouldn't have to carry the team like he did in Cleveland.

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