LeBron James' LA Lakers Decision Has Fans Excited About 'Space Jam 2'

Private jet that went from Cleveland to Caribbean headed to LA

The 33-year-old James is coming off a season in which he averaged 27.5 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He joins a team that hasn't made the playoffs in five years, is bereft of all-star calibre talent to surround James, and must compete in a Western Conference dominated by the Golden State Warriors for four seasons with the Houston Rockets nipping at their heels now. James loves the Hollywood lights, and with two homes in the Los Angeles area as well as a film production company, he has already established some roots in the land of movie stars and slow-moving traffic.

WHY: Salary-cap space; business interests; iconic franchise. By the time he announced, just over $900 million worth of new deals had been agreed upon, based on figures confirmed to the AP by people involved in the various decisions - nearly all of that money getting committed by teams in the West.

Julius Randle remains a restricted free agent who the Lakers have a big decision on.

In the end, James believed it was the right situation for him.

The chance to play for one of America's most storied franchises is a new challenge for James, who prides himself on knowing the game's history.

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James came back four years ago to a hero's welcome, something that seemed unimaginable when he left in disgrace four years earlier for Miami. That number will slowly rise over the course of the contract. Philadelphia would instantly vault from conference contender to favourite with James, who could make a strong run at his ninth straight Finals in Year One. He is also not eligible for a no-trade clause.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported some National Basketball Association teams believe James has already decided on the Lakers, but is stretching out the process for added drama. Now that he's in Los Angeles, that's impossible.

If the Lakers do sign Cousins, reports indicate it would be on a short-term deal that would allow the team to assess how well he has recovered from his Achilles injury.

Getty Magic Johnson has the most cap space to work with of any team in the league.

The team didn't wait long to announce their next move.

With James signing in Los Angeles, that should invite plenty of agonizing debates regarding which player is better: LeBron James or Kobe Bryant. He'll have to play with Lonzo Ball - assuming he doesn't get dealt - which means he'll have to deal with Lavar Ball as well.

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