Once James answered the question that had dominated the free agent picture for months, the Lakers began filling out the roster for next season, agreeing to one-year deals with swingman Lance Stephenson, guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center JaVale McGee. (The Lakers already sold the sixth-most jerseys in the league last season without an established star like James.) The cherry on top is that James signed a four-year deal-assurance for some fans who might not want to spend on a jersey that could be irrelevant a year from now.
Additionally, with Kawhi Leonard potentially available in trade discussions during the upcoming season, it benefits the Lakers to showcase Ball as much as possible and increase his potential value in trade discussions. Common sense seems to indicate that this is the case, especially after Los Angeles signed LeBron James over the weekend. If not, doesn't it make sense to target him in free agency next summer?
Perhaps the Lakers weren't locks to land quality free agents like Tyreke Evans or DeMarcus Cousins. For example, Seth Curry agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.75 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. He played 52 games during his rookie season, averaging 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 34.2 minutes per game. LeBron James is leaving the NBA's Eastern Conference.
"One thing that's been made abundantly clear". It is especially concerning that the Lakers couldn't convince Paul George to meet with them before deciding to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Following confirmation that James had become a Laker, Westgate SuperBook gave the Boston side +350 odds of winning their first National Basketball Association title since 2008 next season - the same odds as the Lakers while the Sixers had the fifth-best odds at +1400.