The top markets for sales of LeBron's Lakers jersey were Los Angeles, New York, Oakland/San Francisco and Cleveland.
James announced this week that he will quit the Cleveland Cavaliers - for the second time - and head to LA.
The hesitancy on dealing for Leonard, however, is not just because of his impending free agency.
Leonard, who wants the Spurs to trade him, has reportedly made it clear that he prefers to head to the Los Angeles Lakers. The treasure trove of assets the Celtics took in from the ill-fated trade the Brooklyn Nets made with them five years ago for aging icons Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett allowed them to simultaneously compete while building for the future. Once we get to it, my agent and my team we will all tackle it the right way but my family plays a big part in it. Philadelphia also has the assets to pull off a big trade for an established star, someone like Kawhi Leonard.
Lonzo Ball, 22-year-old Kyle Kuzma and 23-year-Josh Hart. But when a player of James' caliber joins a new team, there is a general understanding, even expectation that other quality players will flock to that player and try to put together a contender (often at a discounted rate).
As now constructed without Leonard, the Lakers are obviously not better than Golden State or Houston, but if they get into the playoffs as a 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th seed, they could face off against several teams in the first round that today look to have a more impressive arsenal: Utah, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, and Minnesota. The sportsbooks immediately responded to the news, lifting the Lakers past Houston, Philadelphia, and Boston on the National Basketball Association title odds. ESPN reported that James merchandise was going for 40% off at the Cavs team store nearby. The 2,600-pound banner was originally installed in 2014 when James returned to the Cavaliers from the Miami Heat.
This is James' third team in eight years. NBA TV's David Aldridge reported that Randle does not want to return to Los Angeles.
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