Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations, described LeBron as the "best player in the world" as he welcomed the former Cleveland star to California.
James brought Cleveland its first major sports crown since 1964 when the Cavs won the 2016 NBA crown but lost three of four finals showdowns with the Golden State Warriors, falling to 3-6 for his career in the NBA Finals, and decided to make a move in hopes of rebuilding the Lakers into a victor.
Pelinka echoed that by saying "This is a historic moment for the Lakers, and we could not feel more grateful and honored".
"Let's welcome #LAbron to LA the only way we know how!" a post on Blaze Pizza's Facebook page announcing the promotion stated. The Raptors as now constructed have a very short window to make a run at the NBA Finals, and gambling on a player who is a legitimate MVP candidate at the peak of his powers is a decent gambit. "We will continue forward to achieve our shared obsession of bringing banner No. 17 to the world's best fans - Lakers Nation".
Free agents could begin signing their new contracts this past Friday.
James played in all 82 games last season, tallying a team-high 27.5 points (third in the NBA), acareer-high-tying 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists (second in the NBA) while shooting54.2 percent from the field.
"I think they considered us very strongly", Harris said of James's representatives while talking to reporters on Monday at the Las Vegas Summer League, as reported by ESPN.