LeBron James has agreed to 4-year, $154M deal with Lakers, Klutch Sports says.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
WOJ. BOMB. It’s official ladies and gents, LeBron James is a Los Angeles Laker.
The Cavs front office had to see this coming, right? I mean, this is the move we ALL should have been expecting. LeBron to LA has been a legit rumor since last off-season. It feels very strange that it’s all finally coming together.
In my opinion (if you have a brain you’ll agree with me), the Lakers still have a ton of work to do if they want to get anywhere near the Finals. In no way does this make them the favorites coming out of the West. Golden State still has a stranglehold on that conference. HOWEVER, this is exactly what the Lakers needed to get back to relevant status. Ever since that trade for Dwight Howard in 2012, their franchise has been among the worst in the league. Adding the best player in the league should automatically attract more names to LA, which makes me think they’re going to be back in a big way. It’ll be interesting to see how Magic shapes out this roster around LeBron.
For LeBron to commit four years to a lottery team, another super-star must be on the way to LA soon. Whether it’s Kawhi via trade or Boogie Cousins in free agency, you know that this guy isn’t coming to town alone. He knows something we don’t, or at least something we don’t know YET.
Now for us Celtics fans, this means a few things. Number one being that the rivalry finally has a new spark lit under it. Kyrie vs. LeBron. Celtics vs. Lakers. Does it really get any better than that? I don’t think it does. Secondly, the C’s have a VERY real shot at getting out of the East now that LeBron is up out of there. Next year will be the first time since 2010 that LeBron James hasn’t been representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. We are living in crazy times.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate the Lakers with every fiber in my being, but I love this move for the NBA. Having the Lakers just in the playoffs will be good for the league. And who knows, if they can figure out a way to surround LeBron with some legit pieces, maybe we’ll get that Celtics vs. Lakers Finals matchup we’ve been waiting for. As much as I love to hate the Lakers, it’s kind of too easy to do that when they’re bad. This is a good thing.
-Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)