Magic Johnson’s 2016 Tweet About LeBron James Cost Him Honorary Lakers Title

Arnold Nichols
July 3, 2018

With James locked in for four years, and Leonard is a free agent in 2019 the desperation for the Lakers is gone. He is also willingly taking on the mantle of reviving the mystique of the Lakers, something that has flagged in recent years with the franchise besieged by dysfunction and mismanagement since the final years of Kobe Bryant's career.

They rallied from 3-1 down in the best-of-seven final against Golden State Warriors, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to do so, against a team that had set a league record of 73-9 during the regular season.

The Lakers are expected to keep building a star-powered team to surround James.

The fact the Lakers are second-favorite to win the title next season is even more remarkable considering they last became NBA champions in 2010, also the previous year in which they reached the NBA Finals.

U.S. media reports said the Lakers move was sealed following a meeting late Saturday between James and the team's president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson. Cleveland, Ohio was the home of a championship team for the first time since 1964.

Jenkins broke the news of James returning to Cleveland in 2014 and this time, he has reported insider information on the four-time MVP's reasons for moving to the Lakers. He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home. The Cleveland Cavaliers unrestricted free agent has chose to take his talent to the iconic franchise.

The Golden State Warriors are still the two-time reigning National Basketball Association champions, but watching the Lakers and Warriors division rivalry series next season will be must-see television.

Waiving and stretching Deng then would get the Lakers to about $37 million in projected space, more than enough to make a max offer to players with seven to nine years of experience.

Sources said Caldwell-Pope will re-sign on a one-year, $12 million deal and that Stephenson has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

One of the questions in many people's minds is what ultimately led to James choosing to play for the Lakers over all the other teams that wanted him?

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.

James signed a four-year, $154 million max contract, according to a release from Klutch Sports Group.

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