Gilbert went on to say the team wish James "nothing but the best in the years and decades ahead" and also said they looked forward to someday retiring the star's number 23 jersey. He is also willingly taking on the mantle of reviving the mystique of the Lakers, something that has flagged in recent years with the franchise besieged by dysfunction and mismanagement since the final years of Kobe Bryant's career.
There's nothing worse than a bandwagon fan, and like Carr, I've been a Lakers fan since I could walk as an infant, and with LeBron now joining the team, there will be plenty of new Lakers fans strutting their colors.
For obvious reasons, any team would love to have the talents of James since there's a reason why he's considered one of the greatest players of all time, and he would have increased Philadelphia's chances of winning next year's NBA Finals. Ownership and possibly interim president of basketball operations/coach Brett Brown are expected to lead the meeting with James' representatives, sources said.
The top markets for sales of LeBron's Lakers jersey were Los Angeles, New York, Oakland/San Francisco and Cleveland.
That mission was accomplished when the Cavaliers won the 2016 crown with James in the starring role as Cleveland celebrated a sports champion for the first time in 52 years. "This will always be home".
While dethroning the Golden State Warriors will be very hard, the Lakers are heading in the right direction.
His deal contains a player option for the 2021-22 season that ensures he will be a Laker for at least three seasons before he can return to free agency.
Many have thought there would need to be a third team involved in order for the Lakers to unload the contract of Luol Deng - that's where the Bulls come in. After years of Stephenson trying to troll James, James was nearly in on the joke by the time the series finished, even giving a reporters a play on words of Stephenson's nickname 'Born Ready.' .
Dan Gilbert thanked LeBron James the second time around.