LeBron James signs a 4-year, $154-million contract with the LA Lakers
Sorry Cavs fans, LeBron James is on the move once again. Bringing an end to months (and for some fans, years) of speculation, James announced through his agent on Sunday that he is ending his second stint as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers for the upcoming NBA season.
“LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three time NBA finals MVP, fourteen time NBA All Star, and two time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers,” reads a press release tweeted by Klutch Sports Group, James’ agency, on Sunday. It was widely thought that James, who turns 34 in December, would choose a team as a free agent. Doing so would not only give the athlete a chance at a ninth NBA finals appearance, but would likely lead him to another match-up against back-to-back NBA champions the Golden State Warriors.
But James’ decision wasn’t cut-and-dry from the start, as several teams — barring some trades or free agency signings — were in solid position to sign the star, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and the Cavaliers.