LeBron James Agrees To Sign Four-Year, $154M Deal With Lakers

02 July, 2018, 07:59 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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James's agency Klutch Sports announced earlier tonight that The King has signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers agreed to re-sign underachieving Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and reached a deal with James's former antagonist, Lance Stephenson, but LeBron is basically alone, babysitting Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and the rest of the kids.

Even without Paul George, who agreed to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, that makes the Lakers an instant contender. His deal doesn't include a no-trade clause but an opt-out after the third year.

LeBron took to Instagram after the news was revealed to thank Northeast Ohio for "an incredible 4 seasons".

He most recently took the Cleveland Cavaliers to the National Basketball Association finals against the Golden State Warriors where the Warriors won in a four-game sweep.

James was in contact with the team when National Basketball Association free agency opened on Sunday, a person familiar with the contact told The Associated Press. The team was projected to have a little under $50 million to hand out. The team was reportedly willing to offer James $38.25 million annual maximum salary over four years, ESPN wrote. The contract will run through Gordon's age 26 season.

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Getting back to annual title contention, which is a given with James, will be hard. James led Cleveland to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Golden State Warriors in four games.

Conversely, the Eastern Conference throne is now wide open.

They're likely going to re-sign Rodney Hood, who averaged 16.8 points per game in a featured role with the Utah Jazz last season, with James gone.

However it shakes out in California and through the rest of the NBA, James's decision Sunday will affect far more franchises than just the Lakers and Cavaliers. That's what Embiid thinks anyway, and he's probably not wrong given all the history that those two all time greats have with the Lakers franchise.

His stay with the Cavaliers will best be remembered for 2016, when he rallied the Cavs from a 3-1 deficit in the finals to stun the Warriors.

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