The “Summer of LeBron James” has come to an end. LeBron James decided to join the L.A Lakers.
I was prepared to call this summer the “Summer of LeBron James” due to the storyline and speculation of his decision. James was in talks with the Cavs, the Lakers, the Rockets, and the Sixers. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting him to make his decision so soon. I thought he would prolong his decision and it would be the talk of the off-season. While it still will be, he now is a part of a team. He is a part of the Lakers.
James signed a 4-year,$154 million deal. It’s interesting to see him sign long term after signing so many one-year deals or two-year deals with a player option in the second year. James is giving the Lakers a commitment he arguably hasn’t given a team in years.
James joins a Lakers team with a talented, young core. The Lakers have such players as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers were on the right track regardless of whether they signed LeBron James or not. Now they have a superstar in LeBron James, and the potential to acquire Kawhi Leonard. They can instantly jump from a low seed (they were the 11th seed this season) to a playoff-bound team.
James’s decision has potentially changed the dynamic of the league (which I predicted it would). He’s moving to the Western Conference for the first time in his 15-year career. The Western Conference is a tougher conference than the East. He’ll be in the same conference as his foes in the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors want to repeat, but they’ll be challenged. If the LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard pairing do happen, they could give the Warriors a run for their money.
LeBron James starts another chapter in his career. He’s joining the third NBA team of his career. He’ll be responsible for leading these young players and helping them get better. This is a task he is more than capable of. The future looks bright for the Lakers and LeBron makes their future even brighter. On to L.A!