Just as LeBron to the Lakers felt like an inevitability, the same can now be said for Leonard joining James in L.A.
Snoop Dogg, The Game, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and T.I. are just a few of the people who've tweeted to welcome "King James" to Los Angeles.
The Lakers will likely have to give up two of their young stars to acquire Leonard - possibly Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma - and neglect to re-sign point guard Isaiah Thomas, which could be a blessing in disguise. He said James' connection to northeast OH would endure because of his philanthropic efforts, a nod to James' charitable foundation that bears his name.
Philadelphia hasn't hid its desire to land James, a three-time champion who would instantly make the club a championship contender.
Caldwell-Pope, 25, will head into his second season with the Lakers after finishing a one-year, $18 million deal. That number will slowly rise over the course of the contract. Leonard will make $20 million next season per Spotrac, and the Spurs would have to accept back similar salaries for the teams to make it work under the cap. He is also not eligible for a no-trade clause. The Cavs were swept in the NBA Finals this past season by Golden State who also beat Cleveland in the 2017 finals.
Many have already wondered what the NBA Finals might look like without James taking on the Warriors every year. It's notable that the decision to join Los Angeles was announced through the Klutch Sports website.
Houston took Golden State to seven games in the Western Conference finals back in May.
Given how deep the Warriors are, James is going to have a tough task going through them to get to the Finals again. And while Riley has won three more of his own as a coach and executive in Miami, the roots of Riley and Johnson's success are with the 80s Showtime Lakers and their championship machine.
The team didn't wait long to announce their next move.