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Eastern Conference seems empty as LeBron James joins Lakers after 15 seasons of dominance

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James signed $154 million deal with Lakers to take on the talent-packed Western Conference teams.

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Miami Heat lost a formidable foe as LeBron James signed a $154 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three time NBA finals MVP, fourteen time NBA All Star, and two time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.”

Adding to the chaos Lance Stephenson joins James for this season.

“BREAKING: LeBron James and Lance Stephenson will be teammates.”

Between LaVar Ball, James, and Stephenson, the “Showtime” Lakers will present enough drama to fill a book.

Back to what the signing means for Miami in the race for a top four spot in the Eastern Conference.

Not much with the Vegas crowd, because the Heat’s 500/1 odds for NBA Championship are same as the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Detroit Pistons.

The only teams with worse odds in the East are Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets at 750/1, and Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic at 1500/1.

In another way to view the situation, Superbook makes the Heat contenders for a top-5 pick in the 2019 draft.

With the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Toronto Raptors as clear favorites, Miami will need all the help they can get to achieve home court advantage at season’s end.

How James going West affects Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem playing another season for the Heat remains yet To Be Determined.

Stay tuned as after 15 years in the Eastern Conference, it will feel strange without James influence on the race for the EC Finals Championship.