When James opted out of his contract, it was almost guaranteed he would go to the Lakers. He was openly recruiting players for Los Angeles and it already seemed like he was a Laker. Now, the Lakers will have to finish up their big summer by acquiring one more superstar.
With James officially becoming a Laker, other players will follow suit. DeMarcus Cousins may join up with James and create a superteam that will be unstoppable on offense. Or the Lakers can still focus on trading for Kawhi Leonard. He is the player that the Lakers desperately want because he is great offensively and defensively.
The winners of this move are the teams that play in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers don't have to worry about going through James to make it to the NBA Finals. Also, the Toronto Raptors must be jumping in joy. They have been on the losing end for too long.
The East is up for grabs now and unless the 76ers make a big move this summer, the Celtics will be the ones to beat. They have the most talented roster and the best coach in the East. Philly is one superstar away from becoming a great team. Not many players are left in free agency and that may decide who wins in the East next year.
This makes the Lakers one of the favorites to make it to the NBA Finals. They now have the one piece that can help them beat the Golden State Warriors. But they also have the potential to land another superstar and that has to make the Warriors sweat.
Last year, the Warriors struggled to get out of the Western Conference and now that will become even more difficult this year. Golden State may have more talent but the Lakers have more depth and have the potential to beat the Warriors.
The Western Conference has become even more competitive and the East has become interesting now that James isn't there anymore. the 2018-19 season will be one for the ages.