Once James committed to the Lakers, Stephenson was a top player on the team's priority list. Yahoo NBA insider Shams Charania said on Fox Sports Radio's The Herd with Colin Cowherd that the Los Angeles Clippers could also serve as a destination (h/t The Sports Daily's Farbod Esnaashari).
It was inevitable that the 10-story image of James, with his arms outstretched and the word "Cleveland" on the back of his jersey, would no longer adorn Cleveland's Sherwin-Williams building after he announced Sunday evening he was signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. They pulled off the surprise of the summer: a one-year, $5.3 million bargain deal with free agent DeMarcus Cousins.
The teammates LeBron James will be joining all have potential, but other than Brandon Ingram, have just as good of a chance to suffer from a sophomore slump than to improve off of last season. It seems, however, that James is only the first of the Lakers' seismic hauls this off-season.
The Spurs have reportedly refused to deal Leonard to the Lakers, because the two teams play in the same conference.
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The power forward shot 45.8% from the field, and served as a nice complement to the all-around playing style of LeBron James . Before signing with the Lakers, James was also linked to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets.
Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics might be the best remaining trade option for the Spurs should San Antonio move All-Star Kawhi Leonard.
The deal also freed up cap room the Lakers to sign James in the offseason.
Caldwell-Pope, 25, will head into his second season with the Lakers after finishing a one-year, $18 million deal. And it might be tough for him to have another awesome year like that, put them on his back again. A team full of young talent, with no idea how to play in, or win big games is not exactly going to topple what is waiting for LeBron in the West. The banner went up after James returned from Miami to the Cavs in 2014. Cedi Osman came over from Turkey, Ante Zizic and Rodney Hood were acquired through trade, and Collin Sexton was selected eighth overall in this past draft. "The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders".
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