Lakers’ NBA title odds improve to 7-2 after adding LeBron James

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James will join a Lakers team which has missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, the longest streak in franchise history. The latter two have partial guarantees on their contracts that season.

Chris Paul made a similar move by signing a four-year deal with the Houston Rockets.

After much speculation and discussion, LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, July 2 (Manila time).

There's nothing worse than a bandwagon fan, and like Carr, I've been a Lakers fan since I could walk as an infant, and with LeBron now joining the team, there will be plenty of new Lakers fans strutting their colors.

His move from the Cleveland Cavaliers ends months of speculation.

Three hours after the jerseys went live, Fanatics had already seen a 600% spike in sales compared to the same period when James announced his return to the Cavaliers before the 2014 National Basketball Association season, the retailer said.

But Haynes reports that the former Cavaliers superstar has never had a personal issue with Lance and it, therefore, shouldn't be a problem for them to be teammates.

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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. Notable Lakers who've worn the number in the past include Cedric Ceballos, Mitch Richmond and Lou Williams.

All of the free agents not named LeBron James that are coming to Los Angeles are doing so on one-year deals. LeBron's decision to join the Lakers might take some getting used to.

But switching conferences for the league's best player changes things.

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

The Lakers were already viewed as a heavy contender to sign James this offseason, and according to Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins, James and his agent and advisors had been speaking at length about his options. Playing alongside another star like Leonard would give him a fighting chance.

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

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