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The Lakers haven't made the playoffs in five years. As the official opening of free agency draws closer there's a strong sense that James is leaning toward the Lakers.

But Johnson was apparently able to say exactly what James needed to hear to convince him Los Angeles is the right fit for him to begin the next phase of his career.

When James said he was coming back to the Cavs, he promised a championship, and he delivered on that promise, and Cavs fans seem to be forever grateful.

New York Times reporter Marc Stein posted tweets about the latest between the Lakers and LeBron and 76ers' chances of trading for Kawhi Leonard. Stephenson, however, did still show last season in IN that he is capable of providing a spark on the bench and will likely be a limited contributor in that capacity this coming season.

In 2010, James bolted Cleveland in a nationally televised announcement "The Decision", infamously declaring he was taking his "talents to South Beach" and joining the Miami Heat.

Earlier Sunday, James had contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are hoping to hang onto the best player in franchise history.

With James no longer a Cavalier, Cleveland's odds of winning the National Basketball Association title fell all the way to 500-1, putting them alongside the dregs of the league like the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, in Cleveland in June 2018.

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Per the Times, the Mavericks did not want to surrender draft compensation in a trade, preferring to pursue Jordan via free agency. Even at the age of 33, James averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game in 2017-18.

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That everything ran so smoothly is an incredible feeling, and the new record on Pikes Peak is the icing on the cake. "We did it. This time working for the Germans, Millen set a new target time for SUVs of 10:49.9, averaging 66.5 miles per hour (107 km/h).

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons".

As ESPN's Darren Rovell points out in a side-by-side comparison, Gilbert has indeed shown a change in maturity that perhaps has come as a result of winning a championship and having James back for a second act.

Los Angeles ranked as the top sales market for James jerseys.

But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since.

James will make $25.65 million next season.

Instead, James signed a four-year deal with the Lakers (with a reported opt-in for the fourth year).

"The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team", Embiid wrote, referring to Kobe Bryant and Johnson.