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Social media reacts to LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers

02 July 2018

LeBron James signed a four-year, $154 million contract Sunday (July 1) with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Klutch Sports, the management agency representing James.

But this one? This one is ... odd.

James' second departure from his home state of OH comes under far different circumstances than the first, which sparked intense anger and disappointment among Cavaliers fan following his announcement on ESPN. After bolting from Cleveland in 2010, he returned in an emotional homecoming four years later, determined to make the Cavs champions.

The Lakers were a 35-win team last season, finishing 12 games out of the playoffs. At 33 years old, James produced a sensational 2017-18 campaign in which he averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds on 54.2 percent shooting from the field, including 36.7 percent from three, in a league-high 36.9 minutes per game.

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He could opt out and re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again. Having history to preclude trade discussions could force things to stall or have the Spurs send Kawhi Leonard to another team.

James will make $25.65 million next season.

With one domino falling with LeBron joining the Lakers, it should only be a matter of time until the Lakers work out a trade to land Leonard and form the newest super team to try to dethrone Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

James is unlikely to return to the Cavs, and other than the Lakers, there are few situations that he would prefer than landing in Philadelphia with two uber-talented young stars that he can build with for the future.

Yes, the Lakers are still favorites-but not total locks-to sign LeBron James, league sources say.

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The big man is now entrusted with helping the Suns return to the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. How did we get here? "Well, that's.Dirk wasn't done any favors in his first two years".

This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams.

O'Connor also reported James is not expected to sign with the Lakers on a long-term deal, if he does choose Los Angeles. As SB Nation noted, there is not believed to be a lot of interest in Randle outside of Los Angeles (not at the price he would hope to fetch, at least), so he could end up back with the Lakers by default. Hopefully for them, they will still be his teammates by the time the season starts.

James was on a plane that flew into Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles on Saturday. He's the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers.

LeBron James will play for a Western Conference team for the first time in his career.

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With the Sixers though, he has a chance to become the franchise's most adored player since Allen Iverson and Dr J, and deliver the fanbase something that majority have been waiting for their whole lives.

Social media reacts to LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers