His agency revealed he was heading for Los Angeles. After years of Stephenson trying to troll James, James was nearly in on the joke by the time the series finished, even giving a reporters a play on words of Stephenson's nickname 'Born Ready.' .
However, LeBron could soon be joined in L.A.by Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who has publicly expressed his desire to be traded to the Lakers after his relationship with San Antonio soured beyond fix. Stephenson, however, did still show last season in IN that he is capable of providing a spark on the bench and will likely be a limited contributor in that capacity this coming season. Back in 2010, he ripped fans' hearts out by announcing his decision to go to Miami in a now-infamous live, nationally televised special.
By declining his option, James positioned himself to be able to choose where he'll play next, and Cleveland, just up the road from his home near Akron, remains a strong possibility.
The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.
James did not pick up his option Friday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he led to its fourth straight National Basketball Association finals this year, only to be swept by the Golden State Warriors in four games. However, there should be plenty of space with the Lakers to replicate some of these numbers. "It doesn't mean they're the second- or third-best power-rated team".
Many have already wondered what the NBA Finals might look like without James taking on the Warriors every year.
McGee and the Lakers reached agreement on a one-year deal worth the minimum, league sources told ESPN.
Bryant's $1.38 million contract for next season would have become fully guaranteed next week.
"The betting support is always there behind LeBron James and people are hopeful he can get other players with him, whether it's Kawhi (Leonard) or someone else". This is a fun signing for a Lakers team that will be the talk of the National Basketball Association for the rest of the offseason and throughout the regular season.