3 reasons LeBron James made the wrong choice to join the Lakers

04 July, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Elena Meyer
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LeBron James' decision to take a $154 million, four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and leave behind his hometown team of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been a boost for Fanatics.

Next year's expected free agent market would include San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, former James teammate Kyrie Irving and Golden State guard Klay Thompson. Those young players and future picks can be crucial to improving if a team signs star players like James or Leonard in free agency. One man can only do so much, and the Lakers probably need another superstar before they're legitimate title contenders capable of matching up with the Warriors and Houston Rockets, among others.

"But even if we were, you know the Lakers...once you retire, you become all about the organization, and the next player that is in that jersey...the players who come before have a responsibility to help them win more championships". StubHub saw Cavaliers ticket demand increase every single year after James returned from the Miami Heat in 2014-15, and the exchange's average purchase price for Cavs tickets went up 80 percent from the previous year during LeBron's first season back.

UPDATE (5:25 p.m. EST): Dwight Howard has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards for the $5.3 million mid-level exception, reports The Athletic's Jared Weiss.

The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, who has appeared in eight consecutive National Basketball Association finals. Those subsequent moves raise one important question: LeBron is aware the Lakers did that, right? While many assumed that Paul George was going to be coming to Los Angeles, he ended up staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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But James, 33, now shares the Pacific Conference with his Bay Area rivals.

Ticket seller StubHub on Tuesday said visits to the Lakers ticket page were up 7,398 percent over the same date a year ago even though next season's schedule has yet to be announced. With Julius Randle off to New Orleans, the Lakers' frontline now projects to have only Ivica Zubac and JaVale McGee sharing the center chores.

Nevertheless, the Lakers aren't sitting on their hands after luring LeBron to Hollywood.

The Lakers have failed to reach the playoffs for the past five seasons.

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