Cleveland hurting after LeBron chooses Lakers

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LeBron James' decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers immediately raised questions about the team's future.

Klutch Sports, James' Cleveland-based agency, announced that the world's best player had agreed to a four-year, $154 million maximum contract with the Lakers. The most obvious name thus far hasn't been a free agent, but a guy under contract and unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers also inked Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year deal Sunday.

James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive years.

With a roster that looked incapable of knocking off Golden State, he was widely believed to be headed to L.A., where he owns two homes and has a burgeoning production company, SpringHill Entertainment. Now that it's Monday, the local newspapers in Cleveland can appropriately say goodbye to their star and hometown product, and those in Los Angeles can welcome their new free agent acquisition with the fanfare he deserves.

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The Cavaliers also tried to keep James, reportedly being on the phone with him seconds after midnight Sunday as the free agency period opened. With PG13 staying in OKC, the only hopes for LeBron to sniff a ring is if the Lakers trade for Kawhi Leonard. They were 48-11 against Eastern Conference clubs in the playoffs.

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Stephenson averaged 9.2 points per game on the Pacers last season.

"The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team...."

During four seasons at South Beach, James and co won two championships before the OH native chose to return home to help the Cavaliers win a title.

Cleveland was 12-1 on Friday when it was still in the running to retain James. "This will always be home".

Smith-Schuster's teammate Le'Veon Bell is a LeBron fan first and foremost, as he tweeted, "I never in a million years thought I would ever be a Lakers fan...welp". But it no longer sounds as if it's Leonard-or-bust for the Lakers - there are other trade options, or they could make 2018-19 a building year before jumping into the deep free-agency pool next summer.