Lakers fans go wild after LeBron James announcement

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And come Tuesday, it was an actual event in Cleveland.

James announced this week that he will quit the Cavaliers - for the second time - and head to the Lakers. He was the EuroLeague MVP and arguably the most polished player in the draft. I am not a fan of renouncing the rights to Julius Randle to bring Rondo in on a similar price, but here are three reasons why this is a good addition for the Lakers.

While Rondo has demonstrated that he can still contribute, especially as a passer, his defense and shooting are still severe limitations in his game. On the other, the Lakers can use young players such as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma. Leonard's value also decreased once he requested a trade through the media. Don't feel too bad for Cleveland, though as fans there seem to be supporting the move: Cleveland is the fourth-largest market buying James' new Lakers jersey.

Per Spotrac, the Lakers now have $1.38 million in cap space left.

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For the Lakers, the question is two-fold.

Perhaps the Lakers weren't locks to land quality free agents like Tyreke Evans or DeMarcus Cousins. Furthermore, Evans agreed to terms on a one year, $12 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. The 7-footer (2.13m) has career averages of 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots a game. Evans offers the same sort of skill set as Stephenson but at a higher level and without the on-court antics.

Despite his departure, James' impact on the entire organization will likely be felt for quite some time. Of course, the pair's many postseason runs have included numerous showdowns as opponents of James when he played for the Cavs and Heat, including the unforgettable moment in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals when Stephenson blew in a certain someone's ear.

If there's one thing that we've learned this offseason, it's that Magic Johnson can get things done.

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