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THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF LEBRON JAMES JOINING LA LAKERS

THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF LEBRON JAMES JOINING LA LAKERS

2018-09-28 
| Posted in Betting Previews, New Feature

When news first broke that LeBron James had signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, it did not take long for the sports world to react on Twitter and other social media platforms. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying on Twitter that ‘Los Angeles now has a god and a king’. The news was met with quite a lot of excitement and rightly so.

For the first time in his 15-year NBA career, James will not be playing in the Eastern Conference. The move to Los Angeles had been rumored for more than a year, but The King (as Lebron is fondly called) did not wait for the dominoes to fall before making up his mind. In fact, Paul George, who has been rumored to join James in LA, decided instead to sign a max deal and remain in Oklahoma City with the Thunder.

LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers has as much to do with his family and business interests off the court as it does with trying to win another title. The Lakers have already begun to fill out their bench, signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a $12 million contract, Lance Stephenson to the $4.4 million exception, and JaVale McGee for the league minimum. LA will continue to attract free agents this offseason who will take less money to play with James.

As far as the Western Conference, LeBron's Lakers will slug it out with the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets for a chance to play in the Finals. Six other playoff teams last season (Blazers, Thunder, Jazz, Pelicans, Spurs, and T-Wolves) were separated by just two wins, so James will have his work cut out for him in 2018-19. Making the playoffs could be a big enough accomplishment for the Lakers since they finished 12 games back of the final spot.

Even if the Lakers strike out and do not add any other significant players to their roster this offseason, the team is prepared to make a big run at the 2019 free agent class, when stars like Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and Eric Bledsoe The Western Conference just became even more interesting for the next four years and Lakers basketball will once again be something we all look forward to.

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