LeBron James’ $154 Million LA Lakers Decision Helps Drive Sales for Fanatics

Video Tony Dejak

Video Tony Dejak

With LeBron James now on board, the expectations for the Los Angeles Lakers will immediately be raised.

James will join a Lakers team which has missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, the longest streak in franchise history. And that's before we discuss how they might - or might not - mesh on the court with the former Cavaliers superstar.

Jenkins broke the news of James returning to Cleveland in 2014 and this time, he has reported insider information on the four-time MVP's reasons for moving to the Lakers.

The scenario I've outlined where the Lakers sign nothing but one-year deals this summer would leave L.A. with something like $25 million in cap space in 2019 with Deng on the books.

Though James will be playing for another team next season, there is no denying the impact he had on Northeast Ohio.

Uruguay take top spot
By finishing second in Group A, Russian Federation will next play at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow against Group B victor Spain. Saudi Arabia finished Group A in third place with three points, while Egypt was last after losing all three games.

That mission was accomplished when the Cavaliers won the 2016 crown with James in the starring role as Cleveland celebrated a sports champion for the first time in 52 years. The Golden State Warriors still hold the crown until someone proves otherwise.

For all the grief Love catches, never forget he signed a maximum contract extension with the Cavaliers the second he became a free agent.

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. Again, Rondo got one year.

"The Lakers had felt a sense of urgency this week to find a co-star (for) LeBron", either the Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George or the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said in a tweet on Sunday.

If fans bought a Cavaliers LeBron jersey in the last 90 days, Fanatics has a Jersey Assurance program that enables consumers to exchange, free of charge, a James Cavaliers jersey for either a James Lakers jersey or a new jersey of a player on the Cavaliers. "They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago". It brought in an estimated $21 million in earned media for Goodyear.

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