Klay Thompson WILL join LeBron James in Los Angeles next year

Ruben Fields
July 5, 2018

But with LeBron James on the roster, the Lakers jumped from 20/1 to win the title to 7/2.

A pre-sale of the James jersey began at 8:45 p.m. ET on Sunday night, less than one hour after the four-time NBA MVP announced his intention to sign with the Lakers. This wasn't some big surprise to King James.

ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Los Angeles Times and New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Rondo will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers for USD9 million after releasing forward Julius Randle to free up space under the National Basketball Association salary cap.

According to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne, team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka consulted James on their ensuing agreements with Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo. However, his strong offensive efforts through the season and the Playoffs was not enough as the Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Rondo can also be a mentor to young point guard Lonzo Ball, who didn't shoot the ball well as a rookie but impacted the game in other ways similar to Rondo. In any event, his ability to play well alongside James may not matter if Ball gets traded, a possibility as the Lakers assemble a suitable supporting cast for their newest franchise icon. If Rondo outplays Ball in any significant manner, it may deflate Ball's value on the market and make it more hard to swing a deal for Leonard.

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But she was broken again in the final game, becoming the fifth of the top eight women's seeds to lose before the third round. Kristina Mladenovic advanced to a Wimbledon third-round meeting with Serena Williams after defeating Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-2.

LeBron James has received an unusual welcome to California from Rep. Devin Nunes who is warning the recently signed Los Angeles Lakers forward about property taxes. George ended up signing a long-term deal in Oklahoma City.

The saving grace is that Rondo's contract is for one year, meaning it won't compromise the Lakers' cap space for next offseason.

"That is what the Lakers have always been about", he said. The Lakers will build around James, and they'll continue to attempt to land Kawhi Leonard or another superstar to team up with him over the next year.

Bryant went on to wish James and his family well in their transition from Cleveland to Los Angeles and said he was looking forward to seeing them.

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