LeBron Will Wear #23 For Lakers; Jersey Pre-Orders, Ticket Prices Skyrocket

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And although the NBA's 2018-19 schedule has yet to be announced, StubHub has listings for the Lakers' home opener - listings that were also subject to the sway of King James influence. Though the agreement wasn't entirely surprising, wherever James plays, he impacts the entire league.

The relationship between Johnson and James as the team goes forward, and how their respective legacies stack up, will be an interesting subplot to James' time with the Lakers.

Despite his advancing years and the wear and tear on his body, James remains the game's most dominant player - and one of sports highest-paid.

The Wizards are similarly desperate at the center position, having traded Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers.

As proven last season in Cleveland, even at 33 years old, he has the ability to elevate a subpar club to the NBA Finals.

James' departure didn't cause the big uproar in Cleveland it once did - maybe his fulfilled promise of bringing the a championship title back to the city had something to do with that.

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Cleveland is saying goodbye to the iconic LeBron James banner, which has been a downtown staple for more than four years.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons".

One of the questions in many people's minds is what ultimately led to James choosing to play for the Lakers over all the other teams that wanted him?

James helped Cleveland to their first National Basketball Association title in 2016, as they overturned a 3-1 deficit in the National Basketball Association finals to beat Golden State.

James informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option. He is set to sign a four-year maximum contract worth $154 million. Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers.

The Washington Wizards are reportedly interested in Dwight Howard, who is likely soon to be a free agent once the Brooklyn Nets complete the process of trading for him and buying him out, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports on Twitter.