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The best memes about LeBron James leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles

The best memes about LeBron James leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles”

Sunday night, LeBron James fulfilled what National Basketball Association fans had expected for more than a year: he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Leonard played just nine games last season due to injury but was worth approximately 17 wins above a replacement player in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

It's also a fresh precedent set for teams trading for players with one-year remaining on their current deals.

Many around the league expected George to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics, who took James' Cavs to seven games in the 2018 Eastern Conference finals despite not having their two best players in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, now are the clear favorites to win the conference next season, and for the foreseeable future.

With one domino falling with LeBron joining the Lakers, it should only be a matter of time until the Lakers work out a trade to land Leonard and form the newest super team to try to dethrone Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Sherman said the Lakers are fourth in the Westgate's power rankings behind Golden State, the Houston Rockets and Boston, with the 76ers fifth. Klay Thompson, for instance, will be a free agent after next year and given that his father Mychael was a forward on the last two of Johnson and Riley's Laker title teams as well as a current Lakers broadcast commentator, Klay could be a ideal fit alongside James in LA.

The Cavs are now faced with a roster that has more than $102 million in guaranteed contracts, and little chance to contend. I think that had a lot to with race at that time, too, and that was another opportunity for me to kind of just sit back and say, 'OK, well, how can we get better? In fact, L.A. hadn't missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since 1975 and 1976 prior to its latest struggles.

Getting back to annual title contention, which is a given with James, will be hard.

The Lakers finished 2017-18 with a 35-47 record and missed the playoffs for a fifth straight season. His former boss, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, wrote an open letter to James accusing him of "cowardly betrayal". He was even more prolific in the postseason, with norms of 34 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists, and a.539-.342-.746 shooting line.

When the news broke Sunday afternoon, Twitter erupted, with many members of the Oakland Raiders sharing their thoughts on the social media site. But then 2014 happened, and I am forever grateful you returned to the Cavs four years ago, and because you did that, I am a LeBron fan for life.



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