LeBron James banner removal begins in Cleveland

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LeBron James sent shockwaves across the internet on Sunday with the announcement that he will be joining the Los Angeles Lakers next season - and now the retail world is beginning to feel the ripple effect. They still have to get through the Western Conference - particularly the Golden State Warriors, who just added DeMarcus Cousins to its roster on Monday. Even though Leonard has reportedly made it clear he intends to sign with the Lakers once he hits the free-agent market next summer, it hasn't made trade talks any easier, especially with what they're asking in return from the storied franchise.

"Lonzo ain't going to play off the ball", he said.

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The combination of Leonard and James would give the Lakers an impressive combination at the forward position, but what would it take to pry Leonard away from the Spurs?

For the second time in four offseason's, LeBron James' decision will define the course of the offseason.

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What both Rondo and Stephenson do bring to the table is defensive tenacity, as well as playoff experience, a valuable commodity given the youthfulness of the Lakers and James's annual designs on trips to the NBA Finals.

At this point, it seems as though there was more upside to trying to keep Randle than making moves for players whose respective reputations don't match up to their actual production. If that aspect does not change over the next season, they will be able to make an offer to Leonard that would allow him to become a part of the team on a more permanent basis. Just a couple minutes later the official National Basketball Association store, operated by Fanatics, a sportswear retailer, was preselling LeBron James blanks (meaning the number was listed as "00", but wouldn't be produced until the official number was confirmed). He played 52 games during his rookie season, averaging 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 34.2 minutes per game.

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Again, we can not underestimate how significant it is that LeBron James is now a Laker. "Some championships for the Lakers".

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