James signed a four-year, $153 million deal with the Lakers on Sunday night, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Eastern Conference behind. Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers. But the Lakers need a center and nearly the entire regime (from the players to the coaching staff to the front office) is now different from when Howard played there.
The sunny climes of California also hold much allure for James' high school sweetheart, business owner and interior designer Brinson, who according to one Bleacher Report story, has voiced her desire to live in L.A. full-time.
The relationship between the Spurs and the 2014 NBA Finals MVP has soured beyond fix and, after months of speculation, the 27-year-old has indicated he wants out of San Antonio. The team that has won three out of the last four championships added a four-time All-Star who could have received a max contract elsewhere. StubHub saw Cavaliers ticket demand increase every single year after James returned from the Miami Heat in 2014-15, and the exchange's average purchase price for Cavs tickets went up 80 percent from the previous year during LeBron's first season back.
According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, James' four-year contract is a sign that he is committed to building a contender in the Lakers.
ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times and New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Rondo will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers for $9 million after releasing forward Julius Randle to free up space under the National Basketball Association salary cap. "They still ain't gonna win with this team right here - the Lakers with LeBron!"
There's a risk in waiting for Leonard, as the Lakers just saw this summer.
"Only a handful of athletes in the world can have an effect on ticket demand like LeBron James can", StubHub GM Scott Jablonski told Reuters.
Last year, the California native had told the Indiana Pacers it meant to sign for the Lakers this summer before being traded to Oklahoma.