Adding LeBron James tends to lead to other notable signings, and the Los Angeles Lakers certainly did that Sunday, especially by some definitions of notable. They brought in two particularly surprising players in Lance Stephenson, known for countless feuds with LeBron and the Cavs, and JaVale McGee (seen above), known for, well, being JaVale.
Free agent center JaVale McGee and Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement on a deal, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 2, 2018
Lance Stephenson has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2018
The Stephenson signing is particularly funny given the history there:
But bringing in McGee is also pretty hilarious. And Twitter had lots to say on both additions:
Imagine the best player on the planet being locked up by the Shaqtin A' Fool MVP Javale Mcgee pic.twitter.com/LO4vnGBlsZ
— BeingWokeTV (@being_woke) June 27, 2018
Congratulations, Luke Walton, you survived a year with LaVar gunning for you!
What do I win?
You get to do it again, only LeBron’s now on the team making all the decisions you will have to answer for, and you have to coach Lance Stephenson.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) July 2, 2018
LeBron: "I just don't know how I feel about leaving J.R., to be honest"
Magic: "Yeah no I totally get that, let me see what I can do"
*Takes out phone, texts Lance Stephenson*
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) July 2, 2018
Magic to LeBron: “What do you want?”
LeBron: “To never have to play against Lance Stephenson again in my life.”
Magic: “On it.”
— jace frederick (@JaceFrederick) July 2, 2018
LeBron James is going to throw some of the angriest passes of his life to Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee.
— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) July 2, 2018
– LeBron James
– Lance Stephenson
– JaVale McGee
– LaVar Ball
The Lakers are putting together the greatest sit-com of all time
— YourSports (@YourSports) July 2, 2018
Lance Stephenson is replacing J.R. Smith as The King's official Clown Prince.
— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) July 2, 2018
LeBron talked at length about playing with high IQ players and is now going to play with Lance Stephenson and Javale McGee.
— Eric (@Eric__TH) July 2, 2018
Of course, Skip Bayless is already seeing conspiracies:
Lakers add Lance AND JaVale McGee??? Now it just looks like LeBron wants at least two guys the media will constantly blame and scapegoat, two JRs. Shrewd moves, King. Strive for scapegoats, "goat."
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) July 2, 2018
But the rest of the world is much more fun, and is having more fun with this.
[Photo via SB Nation on Twitter]