LeBron James is headed to Los Angeles and National Basketball Association fans have a lot to say about it. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports James has agreed to a massive four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers. He became a free agent last week after turning down his $35.6 million contract option for next season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James' arrival will obviously benefit the 20-year-old's development as well, as he now has a superstar to help give him more efficient looks, better playmaking opportunities, and championship-proven veteran knowhow.
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James, a two-time Olympic champion, left Cleveland before in 2010 for the Miami Heat, where he reached the NBA Finals four times, going 2-2, before departing for the Cavaliers, vowing to bring a title to Cleveland, his home region having grown up in nearby Akron.
And there were branding and lifestyle and maybe more acting opportunities to be had in L.A. The Lakers are certainly willing to do what it takes to make it work on the court, too.
He will be entering his 16th season in the league.
James has been one of the top priorities of the Lakers for quite some time now, and they were able to get the job done by signing him this offseason.
The King is headed to Los Angeles to join forces with the Big Baller Brand, and Lonzo Ball could not be happier about it.
However, as free agency opened last night, George pulled the shock move to stay in Oklahoma City without even taking a meeting with another team, not even the Lakers.
Never mind their dismal season a year ago, the Lakers are one of the most storied franchises in National Basketball Association history.
"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons", James wrote. But despite making eight straight Finals in the east, the juggernaut Warriors have proved a bridge too far. James owns a home there.
The chance to play for one of Americas most storied franchises is a new challenge for James, who prides himself on knowing the games history.
Fellow Laker Kyle Kuzma tweeted his welcome to Los Angeles.
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