The Los Angeles Lakers are signing up Cleveland Cavaliers top player LeBron James on a four-year, $153.3 million contract to help bring the old guard back to its glory.
James, 33, had his choice of teams this offseason, particularly between the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and others that could have obtained him either through trade or signing him out right.
This is the third time LeBron is changing teams in his NBA career and this time around he has made up his mind for LA Lakers as his preferred choice.
The Lakers ticket prices went high on the market after news broke out that LeBron was joining the West Coast side with some people believed to have paid $188,781 on StubHub for four season tickets in the lower bowl.
This huge deal has definitely put a target on LA Lakers as the preferred team to win the next NBA championship not forgetting the LA team has some top tier players like Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle, Lonzo Ball and Brook Lopez.
The announcement was made through his agency, Klutch Sports Group, which announced the deal as $154 million.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the fourth year is a player option. It’s the longest deal James has signed since inking a six-year contract with the Miami Heat in 2010. His previous three deals were three years or shorter.
James is leaving his hometown team as a free agent after having a marvelous career with the Cleveland Cavaliers and climbing up the ladder as the four-time MVP and 14-time All-Star.
James thanked his home area in an Instagram story. He wrote in text overlaying a photo from the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA title victory parade, “Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home.”
Kobe went ahead to welcome the Cavaliers star on Twitter saying, “Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness @JeanieBuss @MagicJohnson and RP well done!!!
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James did an amazing job while at Cavaliers as he played an important role in giving the team a boost. During his stay, the Cav’s become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win it all. The team he took down, the Golden State Warriors, had the best regular-season record in league history, at 73-9.
“Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a lengthy statement thanking James.
“None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land.
James leaves the Cavaliers franchise as its leader in nearly every major statistical category: games played, points, rebounds, assists and steals.
As he joins the LA Lakers, will he be able to put on a strong performance as he did for the Cavaliers? Or are things only going to get tougher this year around. Let’s wait and see how this plays out.
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