Another factor pundits considered behind James' move west was the opportunity to link up with a young roster, including 2017's number-two draft pick Lonzo Ball and Germany's Isaac Bonga, which could ensure he wouldn't have to carry the team like he did in Cleveland.
James won his first National Basketball Association title in 2012 and added a second championship the following year. "He clashed with Kobe Bryant, voiced frustration with coach Mike D'Antoni, and seemingly burned his bridges after the season was over by leaving to sign with the Houston Rockets despite the Lakers' impassioned "#StayD12" campaign.
Genesco Sports Enterprises CEO John Tatum on the impact of state taxes on athletes such as the NBA's LeBron James who play across the country and efforts by Gov. Phil Murphy, (D-N.J.), to imposing a tax on corporations and the wealthy in New Jersey.
After much speculation and discussion, LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, July 2 (Manila time).
Cleveland's success also ended the city's 52-year wait for a major sporting title.
The Cavaliers also tried to keep James, reportedly being on the phone with him seconds after midnight Sunday as the free agency period opened. But this time his boys, still in elementary school when he made his last move, played more of a role.