While initial reports had Lebron James announcing his decision this coming Tuesday, his agency Klutch Sports has officially let the cat out of the bag, announcing that James has inked a 4-year, $15.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. James led Cleveland to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Golden State Warriors in four games.
James helped Cleveland to their first National Basketball Association title in 2016, as they overturned a 3-1 deficit in the National Basketball Association finals to beat Golden State. Doing so would help James compete with the Warriors and other Western conference behemoths, something he has struggled to do since winning the 2016 Finals.
In Los Angeles, James can play with a young core that has been developing over the last few years as the Lakers struggled to return to prominence.
The decision to decline the option for 2018-19 was expected by James because it gives him more options, which includes him re-signing with the Cavs, who can offer him a five-year, $209 million contract.
LeBron James is now a Laker.
So this is much more than just a glitzy way for James to fade into the sunset.
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With James signing in Los Angeles, that should invite plenty of agonizing debates regarding which player is better: LeBron James or Kobe Bryant. It's the last long-term max contract that James can sign thanks to the NBA CBA's Over-38 rule (formerly the Over-37 rule). "This will always be home", he wrote.
James' camp and the Cavaliers' front office have maintained a dialogue since the season ended, sources said.
James was on a plane that flew into Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles on Saturday. His deal doesn't include a no-trade clause but an opt-out after the third year.
And when Sixers officials came away from a Sunday meeting with James's representatives feeling they had little chance to land the prized future hall of famer, it became a lock that the Lakers would be his new home.
Johnson, the legend turned president of basketball operations, was howling about the Lakers being back from the minute he took over the franchise in February 2017.