Hours after the news of James' contract broke, the Lakers announced they had signed small forward and shooting guard Lance Stephenson and twice National Basketball Association champion Javale McGee to one-year deals.
"The Warriors can sign Boogie, Prince, Michael Jordan, anybody they want". This was immediately followed by the announcement that Rajon Rondo agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the Lakers.
To win another championship, LeBron will have to overcome some challenges.
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.
Los Angeles is certainly going to be a contender in the Western Conference, but it is hard to see them getting past the Warriors with the current roster that they have put together. "My sources are saying Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, two firsts and two pick swaps ..." The same can be said about McGee, Caldwell-Pope and Stephenson's respective contracts but it does seem as though the Lakers paid a premium on players that other teams weren't bending over backward to sign.
Whether the Lakers win a championship this season or not, James is committed to the team long-term.
"Around Kawhi, what's been made abundantly clear is that there's not an interest to join a superteam".
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Spurs brass is looking for a significant return in any potential trade to send their star player elsewhere.