Lance Stephenson follows LeBron James to the Lakers

Posted July 02, 2018

His agency Klutch Sports Group announced the move in a release on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the NBA's free agency market opened.

Day 1 of National Basketball Association free agency was not lacking for fireworks or firepower, led by James' decision to leave Cleveland for a second time and join the Los Angeles Lakers.

But this one? This one is ... odd.

James is an unrestricted free agent and the Cavs are hoping to re-sign the three-time champion, who is weighing whether to change teams for the third time in eight years.

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James' camp also met with the Philadelphia 76ers and was in touch with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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He is, however, a talisman for winning, both in Miami and with the Cavaliers, and his presence alone as the most singularly dominant player in the game turns the Lakers into a factor.

But what was not expected was that James would sign anywhere for four seasons. Last season, he averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game and finished second in MVP voting. Orlando won just 25 games last season, and although James is now no longer atop the Eastern Conference, it's not as though Orlando will be contending soon. His reason for being there is unknown: The Lakers are considered a strong candidate to sign James, but he also has an offseason home in L.A. 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.' . In other words, would they and James be okay not contending for a championship this year if it meant adding Leonard next summer and keeping all of their young core?

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"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons", James wrote on his Instagram story.

Those are the kind of figures that can help transform the Lakers from Western Conference also-rans into one of the league's most compelling clubs.

Embiid posted a message on Twitter that seemed to be directed at No. 23 and what it might be like to walk in the footsteps of Lakers legends like Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Shaquille O'Neal.

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