LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154M deal with Lakers

02 July, 2018, 05:30 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Le Bron James walks to the bench during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. Two people familiar with the decision say Ja

LeBron James has agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers were also in the mix. Paul George, another Southern California native, re-signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being traded there last summer and growing to like the team.

Los Angeles will also provide James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism. Embiid's opinion notwithstanding, the Lakers are James' team now.

Durant, Paul and George all knew what they were going to do even before the NBA's moratorium - and the start of free agency - officially kicked in at 12:01am EDT on Sunday.

James and the Cavaliers had been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals by the Warriors since 2015. The 55 games they lost in the 2013-14, the most ever in the franchise's history. James has a handful of people close to him that he really trusts and outside of them, everyone is being kept in the dark, mostly.

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The four-time MVP is clearly the biggest free agent on the market and the rumour mill exploded imminently following the announcement, with the Lakers and Sixers being the most likely discussed destinations for James' next chapter.

The Lakers have some solid young talent in Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart, but none of the usual ready-made stars James has played alongside in the past. It was not immediately clear if the contract included any option years.

Last season, James averaged 27.5 points per game and a career-best 9.1 assists on a league-high 36.9 minutes a night.

Though the length of the deal has raised the eyebrows of fans and media members alike, that James signed a deal longer than any deal he signed after returning to the Cavs in 2014 should have been expected. 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.

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