Lakers’ NBA title odds improve to 7-2 after adding LeBron James

Lakers’ NBA title odds improve to 7-2 after adding LeBron James

It appeared as if the New Orleans Pelicans' superstar DeMarcus Cousins was going to sign with the Lakers as well, until he signed a one-year deal with the Warriors. He averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game for IN last season, his first campaign without missing a game. Further, his three-point shooting has only improved to the point where it could reasonably be described as below average. Those are LeBron James increases.

LeBron James' decision to take his talents to Los Angeles quickly transformed the 16-time National Basketball Association champion Lakers into title contenders again at Las Vegas sports books.

James' departure from the Eastern Conference has done little to lift the Toronto Raptors' fortunes on the National Basketball Association futures.

James is certainly the most prominent free agent signed by the Lakers since Shaquille O'Neal left the Orlando Magic in 1996.

McGee doesn't have quite the same history with James, but he did apparently get on the latter's bad side enough to have been blocked by James on Instagram.

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Back in 2010 at the time of James "taking his talents to South Beach" and Gilbert's original letter, many dismissed the idea of the three-time NBA MVP ever returning to Cleveland simply based on its owner's original farewell letter.

Boston's odds improved from 4-1 to 7-2 to win the title. Do the Spurs agree to part ways with him and what will the Lakers be prepared to include in a trade package?

James' advisors reportedly said James was "enthralled" with the idea of playing under Johnson and wants to help build a contender in Los Angeles.

The purple and gold still have a relatively young roster with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma in their ranks but the pressure will now be on them to perform.

James is the co-founder of Los Angeles-based production company SpringHill Entertainment, which has developed more than a dozen TV series and films including Starz drama "Survivor's Remorse" and NBC game show "The Wall". It remains to be seen what else the team is getting, but it should be very interesting to watch.

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