LeBron James a four-time NBA MVP who had been playing for the Cleveland, Cavaliers has signed with the LA Lakers Team. LeBron has agreed to a 4-year-contract worth $154 million, “joining one of the league’s most storied franchises and switching conferences to try and dethrone the Golden State Warriors and grow his own legacy.”
His agency, Klutch Sports Group announced the agreement with the Lakers. “ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the fourth year is a player option. It is 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.”
LeBron leaves his hometown of Cleveland where he had intended to finish his career, it’s yet to be seen if that will happen. He took to Instagram to thank his hometown in an Instagram story with a picture from the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA title victory parade, “Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home.”
LeBron brought home the first championship to Cleveland in 52 years helping the Cavaliers become the first team in NBA Finals history from a 3-1 series deficit to win it all.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a lengthy statement thanking James. “Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio. None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. 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 …”
With the Lakers, James will be playing in the Western Conference for the first time and just down the Pacific Coast Highway from the Warriors, the team that has beaten him three times in the past four finals.