Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

LeBron James signs four-year deal with Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James signs four-year deal with Los Angeles Lakers

But it didn't take long for Embiid's focus to shift, seemingly toward trying to convince LeBron James to change his mind and sign with the Sixers instead of the Los Angeles Lakers.

This is a marked difference from how things went with the Cleveland Cavaliers when James returned in 2014.

James' management company Klutch Sports Group later confirmed the move.

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James and the Cavaliers have been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015.

But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since.

This is James' third team in eight years.

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And although the NBA's 2018-19 schedule has yet to be announced, StubHub has listings for the Lakers' home opener - listings that were also subject to the sway of King James influence. While the 32-year-old point guard experienced something of a renaissance last season with the Pelicans and meets James' expressed preference for teammates who play with intelligence, he won't have the ball in his hands as much as he would like.

"As trade talks have unfolded, Kawhi Leonard's focus is unchanged: He wants to be a Laker", ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted after James' move to California was announced. When Johnson and James met, they reportedly discussed how to build the Lakers into a contender, with James understanding that at the moment, they are not close. The team from OH made a number of trades at this past year's trade deadline, drafted Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft and have most of its core outside of James, of course, locked up.

While waiting for Leonard to become a free agent next summer would allow the Lakers to hold onto their young players, it would leave the door open to a repeat of the scenario L.A. endured with George.

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