Lance Stephenson Signs with the Lakers, Joins Forces with LeBron James

LeBron James

Free agency in the National Basketball Association just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

LeBron James is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year deal that will pay him $154 million.

But this one? This one is ... odd.

The Philadelphia 76ers, whose young star Ben Simmons has the same agent as James, were also in the hunt with James, hoping to build a potential triple threat alongside the Australian and Cameroon forward Joel Embiid.

While LeBron's past free-agency announcements have been spectacles.

He then opted out of the final two years of his Miami contract and returned to Cleveland.

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With Oklahoma City securing Paul George, the reigning Warriors still intact, the Houston Rockets nipping at the champions' heels, and King James ruling the City of Angels, the Western Conference - already the dominant of the two - just got stronger. Last season, he averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game and finished second in MVP voting. James led Cleveland to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Golden State Warriors in four games.

And they have the one player who has toppled the Bay Area dynasty on their side: LeBron James.

LeBron James has guided his team to the NBA Finals in each of the past eight seasons.

Moving to L.A. will also help James expand his business interests and allow his children to attend high-profile schools.

A lot of fans are shocked by the 33-year old's move to Los Angeles. They haven't had a winning season since the 2012-13 season, but it looks like that's all about to change. Joining James in Los Angeles certainly makes sense from a career perspective.

With the Sixers though, he has a chance to become the franchise's most adored player since Allen Iverson and Dr J, and deliver the fanbase something that a lot of them have been waiting for their whole lives. In Los Angeles, championships are the standard and he'll feel new pressure in upholding the legacies of Johnson, Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and other Lakers greats.

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