LeBron James Has Yet To Meet With Lakers Coach Luke Walton

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FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Lakers can be considered the big winners in this summer's free agency after landing LeBron James. Barring an unlikely change of heart on an extension with the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Similarly, given Los Angeles could clear enough cap space for two max contracts, the suggestion at least another All-Star would join LeBron in California was nearly taken for granted. This wasn't some big surprise to King James.

Bryant, in fact, was among the first to congratulate James on his four-year deal.

As of now, it is safe to say that there will be no any problem having LeBron James and Lance Stephenson in one team.

Of course, Ball couldn't make his argument without at least some trash talk, so he took a few jabs at Irving while attempting to favorably contrast his son with the five-time All-Star, now with the Celtics. According to an unnamed Schultz source, James didn't speak to the current Lakers coach when being recruited by the team or after joining. Signing a four-year contract, James joins the Lakers making them even more formidable than before.

Paul George tells fans he is returning to Thunder
The Clippers have moved on and will meet with unrestricted free-agent guard Avery Bradley on Sunday, according to an official. George, who was traded to the Thunder past year , was rumoured to be heading to the Lakers with his old contract expired.

"I know some people are rolling their eyes, but I like what the Lakers have done", a Western Conference executive told ESPN.

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.

Furthermore, it was only a year ago that Kyrie Irving demanded to be traded out of Cleveland to become the main attraction in Boston. It's been a sad three or four years for them.

The veteran enjoyed a resurgence with the New Orleans Pelicans last season and played some of his best basketball in years.

The new-look Lakers are 100% playoff bound ( after missing the playoffs for the last 5 years).

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