LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a 4-year, $154 million dollar deal to bring the NBA best player to the West Coast.
According to ESPN, James made the announcement through his agency, Klutch Sports Group, and let the world know that he has agreed to play for the storied franchise. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that the fourth year is a player option. It’s the longest deal James has signed since inking a six-year deal with the Heat in 2010. His previous three deals were all three years or shorter.
Kobe Bryant welcomed James with open arms and even congratulated Magic Johnson for the move:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 2, 2018
This will be the second time James has left Cleveland in his career. When the contract was signed four years ago to come back home, James stated he wanted to end his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Whether that ever comes to fruition is anyone’s guess, but there is no doubt he left his mark on the city.
He delivered the first championship to the city in 52 years, and did it with storybook style. He led the Cavaliers in overcoming a 3-1 series deficit against the Golden State Warriors, who had the best regular season record in league history at 73-9.
James leaves the franchise as its leader in nearly every major statistical category: games played, points, rebounds, assists and steals. And if 2017-18 was his final act in Cleveland, what a show he put on, playing in all 82 games for the first time in his 15-year career and capping that off with a postseason performance as personally dominant as any playoff run he’s ever been a part of. (ESPN)
A new team, a new city, a new chance to grab another ring. The next question is who will he lure to join him on the West Coast version of his “super team.”