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Their night started by the news that LeBron James has made a decision to join the Lakers on a four-year, $154 million deal, followed by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agreeing to re-sign the Lakers on a one-year, $12 million deal.

He played in all 82 games for the first time in his 15-year career in 2017-18 and becomes the first player in National Basketball Association history to lead the post-season in scoring and switch teams during the off-season. However, there should be plenty of space with the Lakers to replicate some of these numbers.

Bryant's $1.38 million contract for next season would have become fully guaranteed next week.

LeBron's team only managed to come out on top once, three years ago - when he was regarded as pretty much single-handedly winning the Cavs their first ever championship.

The Lakers opened at 20-1 odds on June 2 and the Westgate took a $4,500 wager on them at 12-1 on Friday before moving them to 8-1.


James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive years.

But Johnson was apparently able to say exactly what James needed to hear to convince him Los Angeles is the right fit for him to begin the next phase of his career.

The Lakers' prize free agent, of course, wore No. 23 at St. Vincent St. Mary High School and all of his 11 seasons with the Cavaliers.

He could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again.

According to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, James knows the Lakers don't have a shot at competing for a championship this year and wants to be patient and help the team grow.


But the 33-year-old has interests beyond basketball and the massive Los Angeles market would give him a bigger stage and platform. While there had been dialogue between Paul and Altman since the season ended, James had not given the team any sense of his plans.

Taylor, signed to a two-year contract last October, started nine of his 67 games last season.

With James signing in Los Angeles, that should invite plenty of agonizing debates regarding which player is better: LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.

The disgruntled star of the Spurs has been adamant about wanting a trade out of San Antonio with the Lakers the only team he's willing to play for.


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