Sorry, Joel Embiid, but LeBron James isn’t going to just Trust the Process and bounce from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. Instead, King James signed his four-year contract on Monday.
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 10, 2018
Even though there were calls for James to pull out of his deal with Los Angeles, this was always going to be the end result. He’s made his choice, which was certainly heavily influenced by his desire to continue furthering his influence in Hollywood and continue building his production company.
James’ four-year deal in Los Angeles gives the Lakers at least three years to do something positive before he has an option to potentially bounce.
The Lakers have been busy bringing in other veterans to help James and Co. be competitive in the ultra-difficult Western Conference this next season. Adding the likes of Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson should add toughness and help defensively.
But ultimately, it’s going to come down to whether the young talent on Los Angeles’ roster can continue to grow and thrive under the leadership of James, who always seems to make his teammates better.
Most fans seem to get that, while at least a few aren’t convinced this will turn out well.