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Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Chinatown Market Trolls the NBA After LeBron Signs With Lakers

Chinatown Market Trolls the NBA After LeBron Signs With Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers had the biggest signing in team history by inking LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million contract on the first day of free agency.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo have all joined the squad by way of one-year deals to be the supplemental veteran cast around LeBron and, for now, the rest of the Lakers' young core. But regardless of what happens, James made his commitment clear and that allows the Lakers front office to be patient in putting the right team around him.

However, this is reportedly what LeBron wanted.

Just what in the hell were the Lakers doing?

But in the end, James' mind was made up after a one-on-one meeting with Lakers team president Magic Johnson behind closed doors last weekend, convincing the former Miami Heat man to sign a four-year $154m deal with the 16-time National Basketball Association champions.

LaVar Ball called LeBron James the "best player in the game", and said his son Lonzo would make a good sidekick when the two team up for the LA Lakers next season.

Per ESPN's sources, Johnson pitched a radically different plan to "stock" the Lakers with "tough-minded playmakers" who don't have to rely on James to create offense for them. By James signing with the Lakers, Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk can take his time recreating Atlanta's roster.

It may seem to be an unconventional plan, considering current trends. It may, in fact, be a plan that ultimately fails.

A source told Shelburne that the Lakers felt a sense of urgency this week to find a co-star to play alongside James, either through free agency with George or through a trade for Leonard.

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