McGee, Stephenson Agree To Deals With Lakers

03 July, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Lora Ball
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After successfully securing the biggest free agent on the market by remarkably sealing a deal with LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers are not wasting any time adding to their roster.

'Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons, ' James said in a message on his Instagram account.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.

James will make $25.65 million next season. James is not expected to attend the meeting, even though he was said to have arrived at nearby Van Nuys airport on Saturday evening.

Derek Carr has been a loyal fan of the Lakers since his childhood, and has tried his best to recruit his good friend, and NBA All-Star, Paul George to the squad for years now, but he seems more than okay with the addition of LeBron instead.

James just flew back to Los Angeles from a family vacation in the Caribbean - fuelling talk the LA Lakers are the frontrunners to secure his services. As now constructed, the Lakers are nowhere near championship contention, even with James.

James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive years.

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Fans of James who have purchased a jersey in the past 90 days can exchange it for free for a Los Angeles Lakers jersey, thanks to an insurance program.

After all, the Lakers had reportedly been trying to land San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard in a trade to pair another star with James.

Some had expected the move to Los Angeles, where the OH native owns two homes.

The Cavs, on the other hand, have been mostly operating in the dark.

On Friday, James formally became a free agent when he informed the Cavs he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent and the prize catch in the 2018 class.

Shortly after word spread of James agreeing to a contract with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant offered his reaction, via ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, who tweeted: "Kobe Bryant will have a lot to say about LeBron in due time".

But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since.



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