In 2012 as well as the following year, the National Basketball Association player won the Heat Championship.
Many have already wondered what the NBA Finals might look like without James taking on the Warriors every year. However, the Lakers got the big prize in the 33-year-old James, who has led his team to the NBA Finals the past eight years and is a four-time league MVP.
George and Paul made their announcements known not long afterward.
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James, who is also known as "King James", took to Instagram to address his Cleveland fans. CP3 COMING BACK Chris Paul is expected to sign a four-year, $160 million max contract to stay in Houston, ESPN first reported Sunday. But with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returning, and James headed West, the Celtics will likely be the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals next season.
The Lakers had shown their interest in Randle, extending a $5.6 million qualifying offer to him in the days leading up to the start of free agency, and the team would have 48 hours to match another offer.More news: Rahul targets Modi on black money
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One thing that remains unclear is how much input LeBron James could have in the decision to replace Julius Randle, should he actually leave the Lakers.
He also marks the latest superstar to join the Lakers during their storied history, alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal.
Meanwhile, James continues talking with various teams, including his Cavaliers home. The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sport title drought in 2016.
From there, Los Angeles would have some roster shuffling to do to add a key second piece.
Sources said Caldwell-Pope will re-sign on a one-year, $12 million deal and that Stephenson has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.