And once again, he guaranteed multiple championships for the Lakers.
Additionally, Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins reported that when James and Magic Johnson met early in free agency Saturday night, they discussed how to build the Lakers into a championship contender.
Furthermore, Wilt Chamberlain played just five seasons with the Lakers, the last five of his career, and is absolutely revered amongst Lakers fans as his number hangs in the rafters alongside the rest of the legends.
Short of San Antonio lowering its asking price for Leonard, this situation is likely going to drag on for a lot longer.
Chicago Bulls: 3 potential trade packages with Lakers and Spurs
Rondo's deal comes a day after the Lakers landed LeBron James in free agency . The move would have been a sign-and-trade that likely involved CJ McCollum .
Yet just because the Lakers signed James doesn't mean they'll have an easy road to the NBA Finals. Kawhi Leonard is set to hit free agency and his preferred destination has been Los Angeles as far as a trade was concerned this offseason. Letting him get traded elsewhere runs the risk of Leonard slipping through their fingers in the same way George did, but trading virtually all of their young assets is a gamble that the team seems unwilling to make at this point. Paul George reportedly made it known past year that he planned on joining the Lakers this summer, so the Indiana Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Here is why and how Kevin Love can become a Chicago Bull. In the 2017 Draft with the ninth overall selection, the Mavs chose North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 assists and was a second-team All-NBA Rookie team selection this past season. The Lakers can afford to be patient in building the team, even if James wasn't on board.
While this weekend's signings set the stage for a fierce California rivalry in the upcoming National Basketball Association season, they have also reshaped the landscape in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
James' decision to move west to the Los Angeles Lakers already looks to have a flurry of affects across the league, whether directly involved with the Lakers or Cavs, or indirectly as a chain-reaction.