The Lakers have failed to reach the playoffs for the past five seasons.
Alternatively, the Lakers could also opt to keep their powder dry for another 12 months, as Leonard will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.More news: North Korea nuclear programme ‘can be dismantled in year’
Within three hours of going on sale, James' Lakers jersey - which goes for about $220 - saw a 600 percent jump compared to when he returned to Cleveland for the second time in July 2014. While the 32-year-old point guard experienced something of a renaissance last season with the Pelicans and meets James' expressed preference for teammates who play with intelligence, he won't have the ball in his hands as much as he would like.
In most National Basketball Association trade rumors linking Kawhi Leonard to Los Angeles, the Lakers are expected to offer a trade package including at least one of Brandon Ingram or Kyle Kuzma. The Golden State Warriors still hold the crown until someone proves otherwise.
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Sherwin-Williams told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Monday that the 10-story banner featuring James on the side of its world headquarters building will be removed this week by advertiser Nike.
Before Sunday's announcement regarding James, George had agreed to a multi-year contract with the Thunder and the likelihood of the Lakers landing Leonard in a trade from the Spurs appeared to be dwindling. Those subsequent moves raise one important question: LeBron is aware the Lakers did that, right? Paul George reportedly made it known previous year that he planned on joining the Lakers this summer, so the Indiana Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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The top markets for sales of LeBron's Lakers jersey were Los Angeles, New York, Oakland/San Francisco and Cleveland.
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