LeBron James agrees to sign with Los Angeles Lakers

Posted July 02, 2018

National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James is to join the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year deal worth $US154 million ($NZ227), his management company Klutch Sports Group has announced.

Three legit superstars of the league have chose to stay with their existing teams and the fact that OKC's Paul George was among them was hugely significant for the long-term prospects of Adams' Thunder. The Sixers, meanwhile, were able to secure a meeting with LeBron's representatives in Los Angeles this afternoon.

This is the second time James has departed from Cleveland.

Now that free agency has started, keep checking back to see where the top players have signed.

This is the third time in eight years that James has changed teams via free agency. Cleveland has lost to Golden State in the finals each of the last two years, and in three of the last four.

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"Sources told cleveland.com this week that the Cavs would not trade Love, a five-time All-Star who is owed about $50 million over the next two seasons, if James leaves as a free agent".

On SportsCenter, Wojnarowksi said "This is a chance for them to get in front of him and sell a vision for LeBron James in Philadelphia".

James had left Cleveland in 2010 for the Miami Heat, where he reached the NBA Finals four times, going 2-2, before departing for the Cavaliers, vowing to bring a title to Cleveland, his home region, having grown up in nearby Akron. If the Lakers strike out this summer, they are likely to try to make a splash in the summer of 2019. But James joining the Lakers could give them more leverage in talks with the Spurs now that James is already a Laker. He's owed $24.1 million next year and has a $25.6 million option for the following year.

Last season, James, 33, seemed to defy Father Time, averaging 27.5 points and career-highs in rebounds (8.6) and assists (9.1), putting him in the conversation for MVP, an award James Harden won. 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.