LeBron signs Lakers NBA deal for four years at $154 million

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Blaze Pizza is celebrating the arrival of new L.A. Lakers player LeBron James by throwing a "pizza party" in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, complete with - of course - free pizza.

James' agency announced last week that the superstar had agreed to a four-year deal worth $153.3 million with the Lakers, who have missed the playoffs in a franchise-record five consecutive seasons.

He posed for a photo with agent Rich Paul and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. The Lakers players are excited to have a teammate who has been to 9 NBA Finals. "He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful", said the former Lakers great, who was instrumental in landing James. "It's a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals", Johnson added.

LeBron James is officially a Laker.

One similarity that the Lakers will be hoping LeBron brings with him to the franchise over the next four years which he had during his time with the Cavaliers and the Miami Heat is his Finals appearances streak.

James brought Cleveland its first major sports crown since 1964 when the Cavs won the 2016 NBA crown but lost three of four finals showdowns with the Golden State Warriors, falling to 3-6 for his career in the NBA Finals, and chose to make a move in hopes of rebuilding the Lakers into a victor.

He also has been named NBA Finals MVP three times. Pelinka said it was an honor that James wanted to join the team.

This marks the first time James will play for a team in the hotly contested Western Conference, which includes heavyweight teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. However, we all know that the work is not yet done.

But Johnson has elected to round out the roster with veterans including point guard Rajon Rondo, small forward and shooting guard Lance Stephenson and twice National Basketball Association champion Javale McGee, all of who have agreed to one-year contracts.

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