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James is an American Midwest guy, and though he's leaving those roots behind in OH, he's moving to a franchise where he will play for a man he grew up respecting: Michigan-born Magic Johnson.

In January, Ball predicted James would sign with the Lakers as a free agent.

LeBron James' new Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are already a top-selling item online, according to retailer Fanatics, the NBA's e-commerce partner. They provide balance to this young Lakers core of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. Don't focus on the likes of Paul George and Chris Paul who have said "thanks, but no thanks", instead consider this: The Lakers have enough salary-cap flexibility and attractive assets that a concerted push to build a title victor could happen relatively quickly. The Lakers have also reportedly shown interest in signing free-agent center DeMarcus Cousins, seen by many as the best big man in the National Basketball Association. James made the announcement Sunday, July 1, 2018, on a release, saying he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract.

Magic Johnson said he would step down if he couldn't land any elite free agents for the Lakers during the next 2 summers.

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Kawhi Leonard has been the biggest rumored target for the Lakers to play next to James, but Los Angeles will need to fork over quite a bit in order to pry him away from the Spurs.

Of course, Ball couldn't make his argument without at least some trash talk, so he took a few jabs at Irving while attempting to favorably contrast his son with the five-time All-Star, now with the Celtics.

On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports NBA insider Shams Charania appeared on "The Herd" and suggested Leonard was now considering his options.

That got Sixers center Joel Embiid to thinking about James potentially reversing course on his Hollywood story.

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But more than perhaps any other working athlete in recent memory, James made that move years ago. "You know the Big Baller don't ever be on mute!" he proclaims, before promoting his JBL league kicking off later this month. It was his stellar play that pushed them back to become the first team in National Basketball Association history in the Finals to overcome a 3-1 series deficit back in 2016.

However, the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP reportedly privately suggested the prospect was not as alluring as some might think. Still, the Dorchester native's latest shirtless social media post is dedicated to an unexpected recipient: LeBron James. Obviously, the team signed LeBron James to a four-year max contract, but they remained quite busy after that.

LeBron left to pursue new challenges both on and off the court. "We're going to play so fast, he'll throw (James) touchdown passes and he'll be scoring all day". The contrast to when LeBron and Dwyane Wade worked in tandem to convince Chris Bosh and Ray Allen to join them in Miami, or to when LeBron lured Kevin Love from Minnesota to Cleveland, is striking.

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