Winners and Losers From The First Week of NBA Free Agency

Winners and Losers From The First Week of NBA Free Agency

Barring an unlikely change of heart on an extension with the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. These moves haven't been received as positive due to the team draining most its remaining cap space on players that weren't in high demand and don't represent the strongest fits next to LeBron, even if the Lakers maintained cap space for next summer.

Most would think that Miocic would be disheartened to hear of James' departure from Cleveland. This is especially true considering that James agreed to a multi-year deal, which is something he was not willing to do with Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Lakers franchise was lagging too and Johnson knew if he could convince James, who has recently become a free agent, to join the Lakers franchise, then it would be a match made in heaven on the Lakers home court.

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James has agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $154 million to join the Lakers, who have not made the National Basketball Association playoffs for five straight years. "The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders".

The King's decision to sign with the Lakers will help Eastern Conference teams that are on the coming up, rebuilding or tanking.

Although there were suggestions of installing a Browns-related image after James's move was announced, another team in town got a little salty about being overlooked.

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"If you anxious about chemistry between LeBron James and Lance Stephenson, here's reason for optimism".

A general view of a new LeBron James banner outside Quicken Loans Arena before a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. When James left for the Miami Heat in 2010, it was to play alongside All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Keep in mind, James signed a four-year deal in Los Angeles. Lonzo's going to get along with anybody he plays with. In Los Angeles, championships are the standard and he'll feel new pressure in upholding the legacies of Johnson, Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and other Lakers greats. The three-time National Basketball Association champion will nearly surely drag the Lakers to their first post-season since 2013, but his new team remains short of being a realistic challenger for the title.

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