The Los Angeles Lakers have done it. They've gotten LeBron James.
James announced Sunday night that he will sign a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers. The Lakers were thought to be the favorites to sign the 33-year-old and they did it.
Now, the fun starts. The Lakers can't just celebrate that they signed LeBron. They need to add pieces around him.
It is very clear who the two biggest players they could get are: Kawhi Leonard and DeMarcus Cousins.
Since news dropped that Leonard wants out of San Antonio, the buzz has stayed consistent. The Lakers are his top choice, and that hasn't changed.
The question is, what will the Lakers be willing to part with in order to get Kawhi? San Antonio isn't going to give him away at a discount, but the Lakers hold some leverage considering Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent anyway in 2019.
If the Lakers do trade for Leonard, they will likely have to part with at least some of their intriguing young players. That list includes Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma.
As for Cousins, he's coming off a major injury, but James has expressed affinity for him before and he was playing at an All-Star clip before he tore his Achilles in January.
A short-term max deal makes sense.
Considering LeBron's talent and reputation, there should also be a number of quality veterans willing to take discount deals so they can play with James. LeBron is known for wanting to play with vets, especially shooters and rebounders.
One thing is for sure. The Lakers are just getting started. They have LeBron, but they still don't have enough to take down the Warriors in the West.
Fortunately, there's still a lot of time left this offseason.
Update 1: The Lakers have wasted no time in re-signing their own free agent, veteran guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who spent last year with the team.
We'll update you with any more deals.
Update 2: Because the Lakers have signed Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $12 million deal, they might be too cash strapped to sign Cousins.
Randle is of course Julius Randle, who has reportedly made it known he doesn't want to come back to LA.