LeBron James picks Lakers over Sixers, agrees to 4-year deal

LeBron James picks Lakers over Sixers, agrees to 4-year deal

National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving his hometown team the Cleveland Cavaliers for a four-year $154 million deal, according to Klutch Sports Group, the company run by his longtime friend and agent Rich Paul.

The 33-year-old, whose teams have represented the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association final for the past eight seasons, has agreed to a four-year, $154-million contract (all figure U.S.) with the storied Lakers franchise. Originally signed by the Cavaliers in 2003, James, who grew up in Akron, left Cleveland in 2010 to join the Miami Heat and led them to four consecutive NBA Finals, winning in 2012 and 2013. Reports suggest the 27-year-old wants to move to Los Angeles, where he grew up.

"It's not if LeBron will fit in, it's everybody else", said Bogut, who played seasons with the Cavaliers and the Lakers before moving to the Sydney Kings for the upcoming NBL season.

That comes following a season in which he played in just 18 games across three teams. One of general manager Koby Altman's most critical tasks will be deciding whether to retain or trade Kevin Love, who will make nearly $50 million the next two seasons.


McGee and the Lakers reached agreement on a one-year deal worth the minimum, league sources told ESPN. He's the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers. "Welcome to the family", he wrote on Twitter.

The Lakers will likely have to give up two of their young stars to acquire Leonard - possibly Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma - and neglect to re-sign point guard Isaiah Thomas, which could be a blessing in disguise. While Golden State's dynasty remain alive and Kevin Durant's new contract ensures the Warriors will be title contenders for at least one more year, Golden State won't be able to keep their team together for much longer.

Now that some of the early dust has settled, the battle for him appears to be down to two teams: Cleveland vs. Los Angeles. The Cavs were swept in the NBA Finals this past season by Golden State who also beat Cleveland in the 2017 finals.

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.

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