Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman spoke to both James and Paul over the phone when National Basketball Association free agency officially opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
But this one? This one is ... odd.
The deal comes just two days after the OH native declined the player option to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2018-2019 season, making James an unrestricted free agent with room to negotiate what he wanted next.
The Lakers young core, including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are undoubtedly excited to land LeBron right now, but in the back of their mind, they all have to be wondering if they will actually get the chance to suit up with King James.
One name to keep an eye on to join LeBron James with the Lakers, a source noted: Former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh, who is seeking a return to the league after leaving the game as he was dealing with blood clots. He has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in 1,143 career contests.
The Cavs can offer James significantly more money - $207 million over five years, compared to $153 million over four years - than the Lakers and 76ers.
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Once James committed to the Lakers, Stephenson was a top player on the team's priority list.
This is the third time in eight years that James has changed teams via free agency.
Yes, the Lakers are still favorites-but not total locks-to sign LeBron James, league sources say.
Moving to L.A. will also help James expand his business interests and allow his children to attend high-profile schools. It was good enough to finish second in the voting for this season's Kia MVP, an award he's already won four times previously.
But even behind them there are teams with legitimate conference title aspirations, especially the Toronto Raptors, who have been eliminated from the playoffs by James and the Cavaliers for three straight seasons.
James was on a plane that flew into Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles on Saturday. 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.