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As LeBron James news spreads, Lakers fans start celebrating outside Staples Center

Lakers players not named LeBron ranked by their likelihood to remain on team

It is Johnson, once the Lakers' star point guard and now the club's president of basketball operations, who has helped orchestrate the deal prying James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Leonard has been linked with a move to the Lakers, while the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers are also in the running for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

They weren't able to with James re-signing but, ironically, with James leaving, the Cavaliers are now in position to clear cap room and target max contract free agents by 2019.

Now that LeBron James has landed with the Los Angeles Lakers, his jersey and new teammates are just two of the things that will be changing over next season.

Similarly, bookmakers now offer an over/under 29.5 games for the Cavs' next season, despite the fact they won over 50 games a year in the last four consecutive seasons.

Sources said Caldwell-Pope will re-sign on a one-year, $12 million deal and that Stephenson has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

Devoid of young talent and assets for the first three years of James' second stint with the team, the Cavs finally acquired some over the past year. Whether that be the Lakers (LeBron) or the Celtics (Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Terry Rozier, etc.), Leonard might want to avoid the label that comes with joining a ready-made contender. However, they did later reopen talks with the Lakers as well as other teams but refuse to be strongarmed as they have demanded a huge package for the 2014 Finals MVP. Only 15 of them have been featured players in the East, the remaining four (Dwight Howard, Tony Parker, Al Jefferson and Isaiah Thomas) filled by players who are free agents. "They've not made an overwhelming offer. Lakers with LeBron? You don't give my son the best player in the game and don't think he gonna win no championships". Getting James to commit long-term to the Lakers without another star in place was very surprising, as he has been taking short deals the past few years. "The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders". Cedi Osman came over from Turkey, Ante Zizic and Rodney Hood were acquired through trade, and Collin Sexton was selected eighth overall in this past draft. We will never know.