CBSLA's Cristy Fajardo headed to LA Live where Lakers fans are talking title after Sunday's news that LeBron James agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the team. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP wants out of San Antonio and last week some even suggested the Lakers might put together a trade to get Leonard to convince LeBron to sign.
Now that Los Angeles has wooed LeBron into a Lakers' uniform, the work is far from finished for Magic Johnson and the LA brass.
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"I know some people are rolling their eyes, but I like what the Lakers have done", a Western Conference executive told ESPN.
Here is the answer: exactly what James and Lakers president Magic Johnson planned when they met for more than three hours on the first night of free agency. And let's not forget that LeBron's presence will most assuredly reap benefits for the Lakers in the future as there will be other illustrious free agent talents who will be wooed by the King's siren call. "I think that's been overstated".
Though he doesn't have the size of a traditional big, James is one of the most efficient post-up players in the league thanks to his combination of strength and skill.
Unsurprisingly, this deal will put him over the $300m mark in total career earnings by 2022, a feat only 2 other National Basketball Association superstars (Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant) have achieved.
The veteran point guard is eager to be a mentor to Lonzo Ball, and he sees a chance for immediate success with the thoroughly revamped club.
Johnson's pitch of the Lakers being the anti-Cavs went a long way with James. In the end, none of those are likely to change a player's mind, but if you're not going to be stopped into burning uniforms, at least spare yourself from the fire.