LeBron James to join Los Angeles Lakers in $154m deal

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Sunday afternoon the NBA's most coveted free agent reached a four-year, $153.3 million agreement with the Lakers.

James did not pick up his option Friday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he led to its fourth straight National Basketball Association finals this year, only to be swept by the Golden State Warriors in four games. Gilbert, who has been the majority owner of the Cavaliers since 2005, released a statement thanking James for winning the National Basketball Association championship in 2016 and for his time in a Cleveland uniform. Another star forward, Kawhi Leonard, reportedly wants to go to Los Angeles via trade from the San Antonio Spurs.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.

Paul George re-signing with Oklahoma City Thunder and Chris Paul committing his future to Houston Rockets means Leonard is likely to be Lakers' only shot of acquiring another star player to join James.

James' four-year, $154 million contract will net him over $35 million each season, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN. Earlier this season, James was flattered when a Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in OH urging James to come to Philadelphia, where the club has been abiding by a "Trust The Process" mantra while rebuilding. James already serves as Simmons' mentor. Clint Capela and others with six years or less in the league can make a max salary of $25.25 million for the 2018-19 season.

His move to LA is set to help the team attract more star talent, giving the Lakers a greater chance of winning the Championship in 2019 - something they haven't managed since 2010.

"James has slow-pedaled his last two free-agent decisions, but from the moment his private plane landed at Van Nuys Airport in L.A. on Saturday, he was proceeding with unusual urgency".

McGee and the Lakers reached agreement on a one-year deal worth the minimum, league sources told ESPN.

As if getting through one another won't be tough enough, James is now coming to join the party. "Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness @JeanieBuss @MagicJohnson and RP well done!"

While dethroning the Golden State Warriors will be very hard, the Lakers are heading in the right direction. If the Lakers' young players develop quickly, this team will be interesting to watch, but they also could be contenders soon. He has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in 1,143 career contests. They need a name on front of the Staples Center to make the building crackle and 41 nights of LaVar and Lonzo Ball still left them miles from the Golden State Warriors.

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