There’s not much doubt which item will be the most popular piece of NBA apparel in the coming months. Within hours of the announcement that he’d be playing in a new city LeBron James Lakers jerseys were already for sale online.
The future Hall of Famer has agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers as the calendar turned from June to July. Within minutes, a prototype LeBron Lakers jersey was already being offered online.
Considering the Lakers’ massive worldwide fan base, Fanatics will be shipping plenty of James jerseys.
LeBron will wear #23 with LA. He’s worn that number for most of his career but did don number 6 with the Miami Heat a few years ago.
LeBron youth jerseys are priced at $49.99 while adult Fast Break models are $69.99. Swingman jerseys are priced at $109.99. They were also offering a variety of James/Lakers t-shirts for $25-$32. Plans were also in the works for a new Lakers jersey style to be revealed at the end of July.
Sales were hot. ESPN reported a 600 percent increase in sales compared to the first three hours following the announcement of his return to Cleveland from Miami in 2014. His jerseys sold best in California, New York and, believe it or not, Cleveland. So far, Fanatics has shipped jerseys to all 50 states and 90 foreign countries.
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The 33-year-old Akron, OH native currently owns three NBA titles, four MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards and a pair of Olympic Gold medals. He’s taken a team to the NBA Finals eight straight seasons but that job could be more challenging with a young Lakers team. L.A. has not been to the playoffs since 2013.
If you bought a LeBron Cavs jersey in April, May, or June through Fanatics, you can exchange it for a new one thanks to the company’s jersey assurance program. You can also get a different jersey of a player on your favorite team or obtain the jersey of a different player. Fans have two weeks to make the exchange but if an American Express card was used, the deal is good for a month.
Fanatics also began offering a new line of James collectibles. You can see the entire platform of LeBron James Lakers jerseys and memorabilia here.