James agrees to four-year, $154 million deal with Lakers

James agrees to four-year, $154 million deal with Lakers

Gilbert then went on to talk about the importance of family in the life of LeBron James: "LeBron is a family man, first".

James follows basketball legends such as Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in wearing the famous Lakers uniform.

But despite claiming the Eastern Conference crown for a fourth straight year, James was given a blunt reminder of how far short the Cavs are of a championship caliber team when they were swept 4-0 by the Warriors in the Finals.

It had always been rumored that James would be joining the Lakers as a free agent.

United States media reports said the Lakers move was sealed following a meeting late Saturday between James and the team's president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson.

LeBron James is trading in his hometown jersey and will trek to Los Angeles.

That mission was accomplished when the Cavaliers won the 2016 crown with James in the starring role as Cleveland celebrated a sports champion for the first time in 52 years.

Chasing Kawhi Leonard, Lakers engage Spurs yet again
According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst , the Spurs and Lakers are talking Leonard again. Philadelphia believes they have a chance of acquiring Leonard in a trade while also signing LeBron James .

The 33-year-old James is coming off a season in which he averaged 27.5 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Golden State Warriors are still the two-time reigning National Basketball Association champions, but watching the Lakers and Warriors division rivalry series next season will be must-see television.

Cleveland was unceremoniously swept by the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals. Paul informed the Cavs on Friday morning that the four-time MVP would not opt in to the final year of his contract; James was scheduled to make $35.6 million in 2018-19.

Wojnarowski added that disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard is still set on also donning the iconic purple and gold colors.

After missing the playoffs only twice between 1976 and 2013, the Lakers have not made an appearance in the postseason since, as they looked to slowly rebuild a winning side and LeBron's arrival is expected to kick-start the process.

"I had a great run, I played 20 years, it was awesome, I had a great time, we are fortunate enough to win five championships and all that".

In an Instagram story, LeBron thanked the city of Cleveland for an incredible four years.

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