Nevertheless, the landscape has shifted drastically with LeBron to LA as the top three spots in the West next season are virtually locked up before a game has even been played with Golden State, Houston and now Los Angeles as the conference's premier powers.
It came as little surprise to those in James' inner circle, despite making his route to the NBA Finals infinitely more tricky by placing him on a collision course with the likes of Golden State and Houston. Earlier in the week, Johnson seemed resigned to the possibility he might not get James or Paul George, who ended up re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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The saving grace is that Rondo's contract is for one year, meaning it won't compromise the Lakers' cap space for next offseason. The King will be 34 in December and this could very well be the last team he plays for but it won't be the last deal he signs. They're now linked like never before and if James wants to prepare for his eventual life after basketball, who better to learn from than Johnson, who has made a fortune as a business entrepreneur, or Bryant, an Academy Award-winner. Curry's improved playmaking and shooting make him a solid fit for a Lakers team that is in dire need of more shooters and spacing. Evans offers the same sort of skill set as Stephenson but at a higher level and without the on-court antics.
You've heard the snarky comments: When LeBron James is on your team, he's more than just the star player - he's the de facto general manager.
That still leaves the question of why LeBron is okay with the Lakers going in this direction, instead of surrounding him with more shooters as was the case in Cleveland. Considering the moves the Lakers made after coming to terms with LeBron, it's not clear they have done that this offseason. However, it is a bit disappointing that the Lakers followed up this momentous occasion by adding players that don't maximize LeBron's chances of competing for a championship this upcoming season. Regardless where he ultimately ends his playing career, LeBron will return to the lovin' arms of the Cavaliers and sign a ceremonial one-day contract with his true love.