LeBron James signs $154M deal with Lakers

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LeBron James is to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year deal worth $154m (£116m), his camp has announced. When he was drafted in 2003 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he went to the Miami Heat in 2010, then back to Cleveland in 2014.

Now he joins an iconic franchise that produced the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West and won 16 National Basketball Association championships. The Lakers remain in the hunt to obtain disgruntled San Antonio all-star Kawhi Leonard in a trade and have the financial wherewithal to make a deal work.

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

The Sixers have the ability to offer James a $38.25 million annual maximum salary over four years, potentially partnering him with two of the NBA's best young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

All three of those players will have designs on a title next season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The guard signed a one-year, $12 million deal to remain in L.A. Rich Paul represents both James and Caldwell-Pope. Just hours before LeBron's decision leaked, The Ringer noted that the Lakers had the inside track on Cousins as well. And if the National Basketball Association decides to scrap its current one-and-done draft requirement, the rule that stipulates draft hopefuls must be at least one year removed from High School, then the possibility of James Jr being drafted straight out of High School becomes very much a live option.

LeBron James agrees to four-year, $154 million deal with Lakers
If the Sixers are going to give up a haul like that for Leonard, then they obviously need to know they can re-sign him long-term. At the moment, it seems as though 10 Western Conference teams could be legitimate playoff contenders next season.

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We're also expecting a slightly bigger curved display, dual rear cameras , stereo sound, and substantially better battery life. Naturally, as ever, it's going to be livestreamed and we'll have all the information as soon as Samsung lets us have it.

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While Smith didn't say which team in Los Angeles James would be heading to, it can safely be assumed he means to join the Lakers . According to ESPN , that is exactly what Cleveland is trying to do. "I don't know what Kevin Durant's response to him was".

"Welcome to the family KingJames", retired Lakers great Kobe Bryant tweeted after James announced the move. With his destination unclear, the Lakers would likely gravitate toward a more aggressive move to assemble a team that can take on the Golden State Warriors.

This year, the Cavs made the NBA Finals for the fourth season in a row but were beaten to the title by the Golden State Warriors. He also set career-highs in rebounds (9.1 per game), assists (8.6 per game) and appearances (82 games).

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Speculation about James' future began in advance of last season with the 76ers and Rockets rumoured to be suitors, while the Cavs had hoped to keep him in Cleveland.

Many expected LeBron James would leave the Cavaliers.

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