James agrees to four-year, $154 million deal with Lakers

Magic Johnson Le Bron James

Magic Johnson Le Bron James

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.

LeBron James has signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

As has been the case in the past, James didn't have enough help as the Cavs were swept, dropping him to 3-6 in the NBA Finals - a record sometimes used to compare him to Michael Jordan. After leading the Heats to four consecutive Finals, he returned home to Cleveland in 2014 and ended their title drought in 2016. He finished second to Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the MVP voting.

Representatives from the team will meet Sunday with James' agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

LeBron James is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, and DeMarcus Cousins may soon follow.

The Lakers haven't made the playoffs in five years. "Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness @JeanieBuss @MagicJohnson and RP well done!"

"I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing".

The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James. Even if he ends up going elsewhere, you won't have any regrets. However, he's outgrown that from a basketball perspective (Cleveland Cavaliers have three NBA Finals losses to the Golden State Warriors in the last four years) and a business standpoint. He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home.

LeBron's departure leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers scrambling, though they knew this was a possibility.

The Sixers have the ability to offer James a $38.25 million annual maximum salary over four years, potentially partnering him with two of the NBA's best young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The fourth season on the contract reportedly includes a player option.

The blockbuster move means the 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player, who has played in the past 8 NBA Finals, will now join one of the league's most iconic clubs, adding to the legacy of such legends as Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson.

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