With the announcement of LeBron James' decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and head for Los Angeles with a four-year, $154 million contract in tow, the betting lines have changed seismically in Las Vegas.
Without making the moves Smith suggested, the Lakers would be at least $10 million short to sign two veteran players to max deals, but it is not clear if Los Angeles would offer a player like DeMarcus Cousins a max contract.
Afterward, James yelled, "Cleveland, this is for you", into Doris Burke's microphone.
Going to LA and winning a title alongside Leonard and whoever else Magic Johnson is able to recruit would cement James' legacy as possibly the greatest to ever play the game, especially having won a ring with three different teams.
James informed the Cavs on Friday that he was not exercising his $35.6 million option and becoming a free agent.
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The decision to join the Lakers was not a surprise to his innermost circle, with one person telling AP that it had been presumed for some time that he was headed to Los Angeles next season. ESPN's Brian Windhorst's reported the Lakers are still the favorites to sign James in free agency.
LeBron's move to Los Angeles sucks for other up-and-coming Western Conference teams as well.
The Cavaliers also tried to keep James, reportedly being on the phone with him seconds after midnight Sunday as the free agency period opened.
So, while Stephenson has trolled James dating back to their battles in the Eastern Conference Finals when James was with the Heat, it appears as though all those moments are in the past. He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home. The appeal of playing for one of the league's most storied teams is another allure.
Kevin Love is Cleveland's only major trade chip, assuming No. 8 overall pick Collin Sexton is off the table, and the Cavs aren't flush with pieces to dangle in return for valuable young players or draft picks. West in the championship series.