LeBron James in it for the long haul with LA Lakers

LeBron James's flight was tracked by Lakers fans

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Actually, let's start there since it relates to much of the confusion generated Monday by the news that the Lakers had agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with Rondo.

LeBron's deal with the Lakers takes him to 2022, when he'll be 37.

Fans in OH, meanwhile, are looking to move forward: James' jersey sales have plunged by 40 percent in the Cavs' team shop at Quicken Loans Arena.

The top markets for sales of LeBron's Lakers jersey were Los Angeles, New York, Oakland/San Francisco and Cleveland.

The NBA has been been mulling over the one-and-done rule for quite some time now, with suggestions being that it could be gone by 2021.

It's no coincidence that this glamorous, 16-time champion franchise has consistently attracted already great players with outsized ambition.

Better yet, the inverse: Dad goes out there, knees taped to the hilt, and fairly murders his son, his own son, on live worldwide TV. The team from OH made a number of trades at this past year's trade deadline, drafted Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft and have most of its core outside of James, of course, locked up.

Los Angeles is also pursuing a potential trade for Kawhi Leonard and has spoken with free agent center DeMarcus Cousins, according to multiple reports. The four-time MVP's max salary would be $152 million over four years if he signs with another team.

So, the player who once cost Johnson an honorary title now is that big-name free agent that likely will keep Johnson from stepping down in two years.

Many have thought there would need to be a third team involved in order for the Lakers to unload the contract of Luol Deng - that's where the Bulls come in.

Ticket seller StubHub on Tuesday said visits to the Lakers ticket page were up 7,398 percent over the same date past year even though next season's schedule has yet to be announced. "So anything that I can do whatsoever to help LeBron bring a championship back to the city of L.A., I am all for it". But both are still behind the heavily favored Golden State Warriors, who sit at 10/11.

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