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Lance Stephenson to join Lakers after LeBron decision

02 July, 2018, 07:43 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • A high-level Philadelphia 76ers contingent is meeting with Le Bron James agent Rich Paul on Sunday in Los Angeles Action News has learned

And given it is widely thought that Leonard wants to sign for the Lakers in 2019, when he will enter free agency, the 16-time National Basketball Association winners may be willing to wait a year - particularly having landed James already despite reports they would require Leonard first. Trading for George a year ago was panned by some critics, presumably because of the belief that he was already focused on joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

Julius Randle reportedly isn't coming back to the Los Angeles Lakers, and suddenly the team on top of the world after signing LeBron James may have some more work to do to fill the roster around him.

His management agency, Klutch Sports Group, announced his agreement with the Lakers in a release. And though the Lakers were the rumored destination for a long time, there was not reports of James holding a meeting with LA's brass. Capela is a restricted free agent, which means the Rockets can match any offer the Lakers or another team make. That put them in the running to sign not just James, but potentially a few other strong players. While there had been dialogue between Paul and Altman since the season ended, James had not given the team any sense of his plans. James spent the first 15 years of his career in the Eastern Conference with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat.

Moving to L.A. will also help James expand his business interests and allow his children to attend high-profile schools.

James was on a plane that flew into Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles on Saturday, a source told ESPN.

James and the Cavaliers had been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015.

Lakers great Kobe Bryant showed support for James' decision in a tweet, saying "Welcome to the family".

The chance to play for one of America's most storied franchises was appealing to James, who prides himself on knowing the game's history.

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