Just what in the hell were the Lakers doing? LeBron James and the Lakers agreed to a 4-year deal worth 154M.
That process has started to play itself out for the Lakers, but not as many people in and around the National Basketball Association expected.
Within hours of James' decision, the Lakers began a feverish recruitment process that saw them add the likes of Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee.
While Rondo has demonstrated that he can still contribute, especially as a passer, his defense and shooting are still severe limitations in his game. "He's going to make Lonzo better because he's the best player".
The Lakers have been in talks with the Spurs for the disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, but the Spurs seem more enamored with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and future draft picks than they do Ball. They're now linked like never before and if James wants to prepare for his eventual life after basketball, who better to learn from than Johnson, who has made a fortune as a business entrepreneur, or Bryant, an Academy Award-winner.
LeBron James Agrees To Sign Four-Year, $154M Deal With Lakers
Cleveland has lost to Golden State in the finals each of the last two years, and in three of the last four. Los Angeles will also provide James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism.
On the surface, it's easy to figure out why LeBron James chose to be a Los Angeles Laker. But James' commitment allows the Lakers to not panic and only swing a deal if the right one comes along, knowing Leonard - along with others - will be available next summer. The King will be 34 in December and this could very well be the last team he plays for but it won't be the last deal he signs.
Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas and several others are out. Which means they now have five players from last year's NBA All-Star Game on the same team that won last year's championship, and the one.
Perhaps the Lakers weren't locks to land quality free agents like Tyreke Evans or DeMarcus Cousins.
He raised his level of production in the postseason like he normally does by averaging 10.3 points, 12.2 assists, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as they reached the second round. Evans offers the same sort of skill set as Stephenson but at a higher level and without the on-court antics. Paul George re-signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chris Paul re-upped with the Houston Rockets.
Made of 100 percent cotton, the black short-sleeved T has screen print graphics, which include the Lakers logo, a large LBJ in the center, and LeBron James below. Until then, this next chapter of his career will be fascinating to watch and may indeed bring a championship banner back to the Lakers.