LeBron agrees to 4-year, $154 million contract with Lakers

LeBron agrees to 4-year, $154 million contract with Lakers

As the Lakers have failed to bring in other stars over recent years, there were some wondering if their chances of bringing in James were lessened.

If the Sixers are going to give up a haul like that for Leonard, then they obviously need to know they can re-sign him long-term.

The deal is for four years and $154 million with a player option in the fourth year.

That's surely what the organization had to be thinking just hours earlier when it managed to secure the lone publicized free-agent meeting with James' camp, as a contingent went to L.A.to talk to his agent Rich Paul. The Lakers remain in the hunt to obtain disgruntled San Antonio all-star Kawhi Leonard in a trade and have the financial wherewithal to make a deal work.

On Friday, James formally became a free agent when he informed the Cavs he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent and the prize catch in the 2018 class.

James isn't planning any more comments and there won't be a welcoming press conference or celebration in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his plans said Sunday night on the condition of anonymity. While in Los Angeles following a family vacation, he spoke to Cavs general manager Koby Altman moments after free agency opened on Sunday, and it appears that was more a courtesy than a chance for Cleveland to make one last pitch.


He flew to Los Angeles on Saturday, creating a frenzy without saying a word. In choosing the Lakers, James has made a bet that the combination of his presence, these young players and significant salary-cap space will be enough to draw elite talent at some point.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported some National Basketball Association teams believe James has already decided on the Lakers, but is stretching out the process for added drama. This will require him starting from scratch in terms of building chemistry with his teammates, just like he did when he left Cleveland eight years ago and when he returned four years ago. And while he has always been compared to Michael Jordan, Johnson is the one whose game more closely resembles his own.

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Embiid posted a message on Twitter that seemed to be directed at No. 23 and what it might be like to walk in the footsteps of Lakers legends like Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Shaquille O'Neal.

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