James may have chosen to sign with the Lakers for reasons outside of competing for a championship as early as this season, but maximizing the team's ability to compete during the final years LeBron's career should be the main priority. As now constructed, the Lakers are nowhere near championship contention, even with James. Curry has signed the biggest ever deal in National Basketball Association which guarantees him $201 million over a period of five seasons. Randle will immediately become an unrestricted free agent. Even if he never surpasses Bryant and Johnson, he will be viewed just as the rest of the Lakers legends are.
The San Antonio Spurs made it clear to any trade suitor this offseason that they are not in the mode of rebuilding and plan on staying competitive when Kawhi Leonard eventually departs from the team. However, Paul George was in the exact same situation previous year with his sights set on wearing purple and gold, and that didn't work out in the team's favor this summer.
With the Lakers signing LeBron James, there are certainly a lot of things to take in for what his impact on the franchise will be.
So the Lakers' pursuit of Leonard may continue.
In the first three hours of sales, there was a 600 percent spike compared to how his new Cavaliers jersey sold on the site on the day when he returned to Cleveland from Miami in July 2014. Golden State Warrior's Stephen Curry received the highest salary in the same season at $34.7 million.
The Indians haven't won the World Series in 70 years, but they came close just two seasons ago. They traded up with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire the No. 3 overall pick, Luka Doncic, a 19-year old 6-7 guard from Slovenia. All he got to do is run the lane and pass going to be right on the money.
James is also set to see his value increase.