Anonymous
Last year

LeBron to the Lakers

4 years $154m

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Luuuc  
Last year

Sorry LeBron, I really love ya, but I hate LA more.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Kawhi next I guess?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Even more reason to Hate LA...

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MACDUB  
Last year

Lebron's made a big mistake here. Just my opinion.

I think that for the first time since about 2005, Lebron is going to have some rough times.

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MACDUB  
Last year

Not sure about Kawhi next. Perhaps Demarcus Cousins though?

Also, maybe LA are going to trade Ball away now. Last I heard, LBJ's management didn't want anything to do with him.

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mystro  
Last year

How's Lebron going to feel about having to actually battle to get to the playoffs in the West?

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Duke Fan  
Last year

Interesting times ahead. If Lonzo has to go so be it, and it's more to do with his dickhead father than anything he's done. I really hope they don't trade away the rest of their youngsters. Adding a couple of veterans who'll follow Lebron, along with the good core of youngsters, should be a competitive team

Also a real challenge for Luke Walton, I hope he handles it. I was impressed with what he started to build last season

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PlaymakerMo  
Last year

I hate the Lakers even more now (which will only continue to fester if Kawhi ends up there).

In saying this, it does make basketball-sense. LA has some talented, young players that will ensure they finish at least 3rd in the West as presently constructed, or they could be flipped for Kawhi, AND they also have a chance to add another max contract.

I'm sure LeBron would prefer to "battle" to make the finals and have a legitimate shot at winning. The Cavs are gutted for talent and have bloated contracts that would have prevented them from improving.

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Cram  
Last year

Gonna be real interesting to see what team the Lakers end up putting on the floor. Ball is a terrible fit for LeBron, but would have good trade value. All comes down to whether San Antonio will play ball and move Kawhi.

Who would the Lakers go after if the Spurs don't budge? Cousins would obviously be a free agent target. Any other legit trade targets though?

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Duke Fan  
Last year

Also looking at Clint Capela as a restricted free agent apparently

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Anonymous  
Last year

No way the Rockets let Capela walk after the commitment they made to Paul, that would be stupid.

Spurs don't have much incentive to trade Kawhi to the Lakers now unless the Lakers offer them everything they want. Trading him to the team he wants to play with when they're terrible is one thing, but if they have genuine championship aspirations, at least make him sacrifice the $$ to go there.

I agree the Lakers will have to move Ball. It will be interesting to see how the family handle that, it's a lose-lose for them.

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Cram  
Last year

Yeah I think hanging on to Ingram and moving Ball should be the focus. Moving one of Kuzma or Randle as well for veteran help.

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MACDUB  
Last year

Yes you're right. The Spurs leverage went up drastically.

Spurs can play the patient game too - whereas Lakers want it now.

And the Spurs aren't the type of team who are going to be panicked in a rush to offload him.

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MACDUB  
Last year

We've also forgot about IT.

Could the Lakers be looking at getting rid of one or both of IT and Ball and/or others to get a Goran Dragic or Kemba type?

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Cram  
Last year

yeah perhaps Hornets would be willing to give IT a few years at a reduced rate in a sign and trade to get off Kemba's deal

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Reality  
Last year

They need to gut this roster to get more help.

The young lakers aren't ready and LBJ has a habit of forming the narrative around how bad his teammates so doesn't look like players are lining up to play with him, particularly at 33

PG staying in OKC will make small market teams think they can do the same with Kwahi and push up the trade market for him.


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Anonymous  
Last year

Lakers add Lance Stephenson

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Reality  
Last year

Wow Lakers might compete for the 9th seed this year.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Lakers also add JaVale McGee

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Anonymous  
Last year

Clearly the 2019/20 season is the one that the Lakers have really got their sights set on. If you can get odds on a title for that season it'd be well worth a punt.

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Lol to all the butthurt Laker haters.

Might compete for 9th place. Give me a spell.
Now LeBron is in town, look at all the experienced players looking to join him.
Just 3 hours after LeBron signs, Lance Stephenson, Javale Magee sign, Kawahi just a matter of time.

Enjoy the salt losers.

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Cram  
Last year

Yeah looking like the Lakers might slow play this season and look to add Leonard next season as a Free agent. Might be worth the season to see who fits with LeBron and not make any rash decisions. I'd still try to move Ball, but perhaps without that urgency.

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Duke Fan  
Last year

Add Javale McGee to the list

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Anonymous  
Last year

I'd stay away from the hall family at all costs.

Thought rockets or Philly would have given him a championship.

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Duke Fan  
Last year

Sorry. Posted before seeing that others already had.. Looking like fun times for us Lakers fans

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Anonymous  
Last year

"I'd stay away from the hall family at all costs."

very true but this is not the AFL thread

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Duke Fan  
Last year

Apart from the stupidity of the old man, I don't get that Lonzo and Lebron couldn't co-exist. Lonzo is happy to get the ball out of his hands early and Lebron running the lanes will be a nice target. At the end of the clock he can just head back on D and let the other 3 guys on the floor space as shooters

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MACDUB  
Last year

"Might be worth the season to see who fits with LeBron and not make any rash decisions."

I kind of agree.

But on the flipside, Lebron will be 35 shortly after the start of the 2019 season (December birthday). Doesn't look like he's just going to fall of a cliff suddenly in terms of health and performance; but no one can ever know with the human body.

He's arguably come off his prime season and the Lakers need to get max performance and skill from him whilst he is still in beast mode (mutually speaking, Lebron would also expect the same max performance from head office).

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Hogwash  
Last year

The bookies have reacted quickly putting Lakers and Boston on equal third line of championship betting at $6 behind GSW $2.40 and Houston $5.

I think the Lakers will look for another star to pair up with LeBron.

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Anonymous  
Last year

"Lakers add Lance Stephenson"

That's just wrong. They shouldn't be on the same team. No more blowing in ears etc.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Also I've been saying LBJ to Lakers since beginning of 2017-18 season and so many people shot me down. Where are you all at now? hahaha.

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Anonymous  
Last year

It's hard to claim a prediction as an anon lol

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Anonymous  
Last year

"It's hard to claim a prediction as an anon lol"

especially when no one has been saying that here

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Anonymous  
Last year

There was a thread recently (last week) with people naming other teams there was no way he was going to and doubting going to Lakers.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Just like Lemanis being a dud (confirmed on Friday) now this confirmed but it's easy just to forget until it actually happens.

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Anonymous  
Last year

California Dreaming demonstrating the comprehension abilities that give Lakers fans a bad name. Pretty sure Reality's comment was a sarcastic nod to the overhype of the Stephenson signing.

And really, that's what you're going to trumpet? Stephenson and Javale McGee are lining up to play with Lebron so they're going to win some championships filling out the roster with those guys? Haven't we seen this movie before?

The Lakers have a short window. They might be able to bank on Lebron for 4 years but let's assume they're not going to win a championship this year. It's a good idea to keep the young pieces and see what fits with Lebron and who develops into a good player on a good team rather than a good player on a bad team. But if we know it's hard for superteams to mesh and win instantly, not getting that second or third superstar now might make it harder to win in 2020. Then Lebron is 36, and are you prepared to bet that a) he's still capable of being the best player on a championship team? or b) that people are still lining up to play with him because they think it'll get them a ring?

Relevance is a nice step forward for the Lakers, but they want more than that and being complacent about taking the next step doesn't seem like a good option to me.

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Duke Fan  
Last year

I'm 100 percent certain they're not going to win a Championship this year. Unless it's Summer League

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Anonymous  
Last year

As currently constructed they will get demolished by the Warriors and Houston. Utah will probably beat them and the Thunder are even money. They better get a second star

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Cram  
Last year

I'd expect Ingram to flourish as a second option and become a legit all star candidate. The rest of the roster need work, but they'll be a solid team even without another star coming in.

I still can't see LeBron and Ball working well together though. Kuz not so sure on either, but Randle I could see being a good option with him.

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Slam drunk  
Last year

Wonder if lbj Nike sponsorship has anything to do with the decision...
Apparently he has a billion $$$ contract, moving to arguably the most recognisable team in the world will result in a lot of merch sales

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Anonymous  
Last year

It encompasses that - LBJ wants to be a billionaire and his image needs to be magnified - being a Laker will help.

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Zodiac  
Last year

I think this is much more a business decision for LeBron than a basketball decision. It's not like they're going to be a contender even if they somehow got Leonard. His endorsements and everything will go right up in LA and he'll sell a lot more shoes but I can't see him making it to the NBA Finals again.

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koberulz  
Last year

Sorry LeBron, I really love ya, but I hate LA more.
This is pretty much the opposite of how I feel.

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Melbourne Boy  
Last year

Haha this must be a very bitter sweet day for you Koberulz!

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Listen to all you "experts"

The free agency period has just started. You think LA will sit on the team as it is??

Look for Magic to move 3-4 more players and bring in Vets. LeBron is not coming to LA for anything less than competing for Championships.
Look for 1 or more superstars to join in the next week or so

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Anonymous  
Last year

True. Magic wouldn't be involved if it wasn't going to be big.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I think Zodiac is closer to the mark than Cal Dreaming. This is a business decision masquerading as a family decision and while the Lakers might want championships out of it, Lebron wants branding and earning opportunities. Championships would be nice but this isn't the decision he would have made if all he wanted was to win.

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MACDUB  
Last year

Never have quite understood the affinity with players (especially big names like Lebron) putting so much emphasis on 'business decisions' and marketability $.

I mean he's a basketball player - that's what he is going to be judged on period. People aren't going to look back in 20 years time and say, "Man Lebron James was a damn good basketball player; but how about his business decisions..those were unreal!"

Dude is probably already worth $350m - it may as well already be a billion dollars - because when its that much money there's no difference.

Can't imagine it would be easy though when you have family, sponsors, agents etc. all stakeholders in wanting bigger markets because bigger deals = more trickle down cash.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Also lifestyle not just a business decision.

Cleveland climate is horrible. LA is similar to Aus.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Macdub, Lebron has spoken consistently of his desire to be a businessman, not just an athlete, and has suggested that he would like to own an NBA team one day. If your goal is to own an NBA team, there's an enormous difference between 350M and 1B.

Someone with 50k might think there's no difference between 350k and 1M, too. But someone with 350k would perceive a pretty enormous difference.

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Anonymous  
Last year

The more you have the more you want.

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koberulz  
Last year

He's said previously he wants to be the first NBA player to be worth a billion, hasn't he?

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zodiac has a fair point but this team is not COMPLETE

Lebron has taken a team of scrubs to the finals this year.

Lebron
JR
Korver
K Love
Nance Jr
Clarkson
Thompson

I think this young Lakers team without LeBron is a 50 win team this year. This current Cavs team is a LOTTERY team this season.

Ball
LeBron
Kuz
Ingram
McGee
Randle
Stephenson
Hart
KCP
+ $40,000,000 still in cap space for the 18/19 to spend.

And you people are judging this current lineup.

Warriors still the team to beat but to think LeBron has made this more of a business decision is stupid. He will make $1 billion dollars with his branding regardless of the city.

Look for LA to make at least 2 major moves by the weekend.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Correct kr, he wants a billie.

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MACDUB  
Last year

Rondo to the Lakers.

Boy this is getting interesting.

Lakers also renounce Randle.

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Cram  
Last year

I don't know how Rondo fits with LeBron, but he clearly doesn't fit with Ball, so expect Lonzo to be traded out at some point.

Randle ended up in New Orleans, which perhaps makes re signing Boogie a little less of a need. Sign and trade for Boogie to LA for a package that includes Ball?

Considering the Pels lack of wings, even Deng might be a good part of a package

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Anonymous  
Last year

Much easier to take a team of scrubs to the finals in the East, the West is much more competitive.

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