Joel Embiid's last-ditch plea to LeBron after Warriors shocker

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According to ESPN, LeBron James' jersey number will be the same as he wore in both stints with Cleveland, an announcement that came hours after word came down that James will sign a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers.

Love, 29, is a five-time All-Star, and was a key member of the Cavs teams that appeared in four-consecutive NBA Finals.

But there's absolutely no reason to believe Magic Johnson and Co. are going to mortgage their future for an opportunity to contend this coming season.

Rajon Rondo, who helped the Boston Celtics win an National Basketball Association title in 2008, reportedly joined LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday as a revamped lineup begins to take shape.




Although there were suggestions of installing a Browns-related image after James's move was announced, another team in town got a little salty about being overlooked.

Additionally, with Kawhi Leonard potentially available in trade discussions during the upcoming season, it benefits the Lakers to showcase Ball as much as possible and increase his potential value in trade discussions. If not, doesn't it make sense to target him in free agency next summer? They still ain't gonna win with this team right here. New Orleans gave Julius Randle a two-year, $18 million contract, potentially eliminating themselves as suitors for the center.

Caldwell-Pope, 25, played four seasons for Detroit before joining the Lakers last season, when he averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals a game.

If the Lakers choose not to acquire another star this offseason, they will have an excellent opportunity next year. LeBron James is leaving the NBA's Eastern Conference. Howard reportedly has interest in re-joining the Los Angeles Lakers. "The Lakers with LeBron?" However, it is a bit disappointing that the Lakers followed up this momentous occasion by adding players that don't maximize LeBron's chances of competing for a championship this upcoming season.

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