5 reasons to love the LeBron James signing

Rams players react to Le Bron James signing with the Lakers

With his own production company SpringHill Entertainment, James' projects include a remake of "House Party".

The Lakers' next steps are unclear, and though James may be patient about building a contender, he's 33 years old. But Durant, the Finals MVP in Golden State's successive triumphs over the Cavs, will re-sign with Golden State on a deal that leaves room to make further moves.

The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly also had strong interest in the 33-year-old, who is regarded as one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association history.

"Only a handful of athletes in the world can have an effect on ticket demand like LeBron James can", StubHub GM Scott Jablonski told Reuters.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 14, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Los Angeles market was driving the force behind the spike and the Cleveland crowd did their part, as the fourth strongest market, he added.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were never going to win the NBA Finals.

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The Cavs played 81 postseason games - one contest shy of an entire regular season - the last four years, winning 55 of them. The 33-year-old James is coming off a season in which he averaged 27.5 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers .

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It has been reported he attempted to persuade Kevin Durant to join him in LA, thus weakening the Warriors. For years, James has been able to walk into the Finals with a level of ease, now, in the Western Conference, he must fight to gain that entry.

James informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option.

If he wants to, he'll have to take a a short contract and not huge money to do so.

The relationship between Johnson and James as the team goes forward, and how their respective legacies stack up, will be an interesting subplot to James' time with the Lakers.

With Paul George opting to sign a four-year deal extension with Oklahoma, Kawhi Leonard is the main candidate to be the Lakers' second major coup of the summer. Charania added the San Antonio Spurs star could become more receptive to a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers (h/t The Sports Daily's Farbod Esnaashari). It brought in an estimated $21 million in earned media for Goodyear.

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