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LeBron James Agrees To Deal With Lakers

The King Is Taking His Talents To Hollywood

July 02, 2018 - 8:43 am
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By WFAN.com

The King is heading to Hollywood.

LeBron James has agreed to a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The news was announced through his agency, Klutch Sports Group, who released a statement on Twitter Sunday evening.

This will mark the second time in his career that James has left his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, having left the Cavs in 2010 for the Miami Heat. 

The four-time MVP and 14-time All-Star has made the NBA Finals in each of the last eight seasons, and is 3-for-9 for his career in the Finals. James won two champioships with the Miami Heat (2012, 2013) and one with the Cavaliers (2016). Cleveland was swept by the Golden State Warriors in this year's Finals.

In his 15th NBA season, James put up stellar numbers, averaging 27.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from the three-point line. The 33-year-old was rewarded for his strong play by being named as a member of the All-NBA First Team, as well as finishing second in the MVP vote. 

James thanked his home area of Ohio in an Instagram story, writing "Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home" over a photo from the Cavaliers' 2016 NBA championship victory parade. 

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert thanked James for all the superstar has done for the franchise in a lengthy statement released Sunday night.

"Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio," Gilbert wrote. "None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances.

"LeBron is a family man, first. We wish his kids, his wife Savannah, his mother Gloria, and LeBron himself nothing but the best in the years and decades ahead. LeBron’s connection to Akron, Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio will most certainly endure as his commitment to the region and his support of many important causes has been impactful to so many kids and families.

"LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line...”

James will leave the Cavaliers as the franchise's all-time leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and games played.

While the offseason is barely a day old, players have already begun swarming to Los Angeles. 

Following James' announcement, the Lakers agreed to one-year deals with several veterans, including Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee.

At least one Lakers legend expressed his excitement about the big news, as Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to welcome James to Los Angeles.

The Lakers also remain one of the favorites to acquire Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard, who has not been shy in expressing his desire to join James in Los Angeles.

James' deal can become official when free agency begins on July 6.