Magic Johnson's late push swayed LeBron James' move to Los Angeles

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The all-star player is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to head to the Lakers for the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season, his agency announced. Joining James in Los Angeles certainly makes sense from a career perspective.

The game's biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team - run by Johnson, a Hall of Famer and Lakers legend - that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding. Just hours before LeBron's decision leaked, The Ringer noted that the Lakers had the inside track on Cousins as well.

The Cavs could have significant salary-cap space in 2019-20, depending on what they do with Love, Tristan Thompson (who will make $18.5 million that season), Jordan Clarkson ($13.4 million), J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver.

The 76ers' contingent was to be led by their ownership group headed by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, a person with knowledge of the details told AP. Unfortunately, Bosh's career has been put on hold following the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season due to blood-clotting issues but not before the Heat's Big 3 had already been dismantled by the departure of James.

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And yet to come is where San Antonio big man Kawhi Leonard will end up.

One other victor in the LeBron deal? His high school games were shown on ESPN and often moved to a college gymnasium to meet ticket demands.

James isn't expected to drag his choice out over several days.

The Associated Press reports that this is James' third time in eight years that he has changed teams.

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At worst, Los Angeles now has a team that can go a round in the playoffs, if not two.

The events that culminated on Sunday night with LeBron James agreeing to a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Lakers started and ended the same way: with an unexpected tweet.

James is a four-time NBA MVP and two-time Olympic gold medalist. But all of those teams have many other balls up in the air, presumably waiting on others first.

But he shocked fans in 2010 by going to Miami, where he won his first championship with the Heat in 2012.

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With LeBron James once again dominating the sports news cycle all day today thanks to his bombshell decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, one interesting piece of trivia has floated to the surface as a result. That is a not a team that will contend for the Eastern Conference crown, so teams like Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto will have elevated expectations now that they don't have to meet LeBron early in the postseason. He met with Paul extensively Saturday and planned communication with the Cavs, Sixers and Lakers.

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