As we saw with Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder, there is value in making a deal for a star player before he hits the free agent market. But the question is can he bring those championship rings to the Lakers like Magic and Kobe Bryant, both five-time National Basketball Association champions.
Based on ESPN's report, James has bought into Johnson's plan to use him more off the ball as he progresses through the later stages of his career. "This will always be home".More news: Coffee may lead to longer life, study says
"LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal", Gilbert said in a statement. While in Los Angeles following a family vacation, he spoke to Cavs general manager Koby Altman moments after free agency opened on Sunday, and it appears that was more a courtesy than a chance for Cleveland to make one last pitch.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to have a vastly different roster next season. He played in all 82 regular-season games and then somehow carried a team that underwent several transformations to a fourth straight conference title and match-up against the Warriors. However, his wanderlust would not be abated despite four trips to the NBA Finals as a member of the Cavaliers, and he decided on another cosmopolitan destination that more aptly fit the glitz, glamour, and flamboyance that is LeBron: Los Angeles. James helped seal a Game 7 win with a chase-down block of Andre Iguodala, the signature moment of a career that has shown no signs of decay. And it looks like James would be altering his style of play - slowing the pace down a bit more to control the tempo, while favoring a more defensive-minded strategy.More news: Macron parties at Fela Kuti's New Afrika Shrine in Nigeria
By surrounding James with playmakers like Rondo and Stephenson, as well as Lonzo Ball, the Lakers are hoping to take pressure off LeBron to create every possession, which would allow him to do utilise other parts of his game like cutting - which he flashed with great success during his time in Miami - and posting up.
Now that Los Angeles has wooed LeBron into a Lakers' uniform, the work is far from finished for Magic Johnson and the LA brass. Since the news broke on Sunday, July 1, the National Basketball Association has been in the news constantly as free agents sign new contracts. James deciding to leave the Cavaliers, again, left fans wondering what will be left of the city.More news: Heat dome brings dangerously high temps, humidity to most of US