Friday, 16 November, 2018

LeBron James agrees four year, $154 million deal with LA Lakers

LeBron James is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers
Eugene Bates | 03 July, 2018, 02:08

Why did James sign with the Lakers?

While this is not quite what most people expected when they assumed LeBron would put together a superteam in L.A., the Lakers are at the very least going to be the most interesting team in the National Basketball Association next season.

He rejoined the Cavs in 2014, winning another championship in 2016.

The Knicks and Clippers were also mentioned as possible destinations but in the end, James opted for Los Angeles, who are run by former Lakers great Magic Johnson.

James chose to become a free agent after his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in which he made good on his promise to bring a championship title to what is essentially his home town, having grown up in Akron, Ohio.

The Lakers are heard to be offering only one-year deals to maximize their cap space for the summer of 2019. The team was projected to have a little under $50 million to hand out. McGee has played the past two years for the Golden State Warriors.

Unlike past free-agent decisions, James wasted no time in announcing his next move.

James isn't expected to attend the meeting, which is the first significant chance for the 76ers to make a free-agent pitch to James, league sources said.

Last season, his 15th as a professional, James averaged 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game while playing in all 82 regular season contests.

Getting back to annual title contention, which is a given with James, will be hard. They were 48-11 against Eastern Conference clubs in the playoffs.

Many have already wondered what the NBA Finals might look like without James taking on the Warriors every year. The Cavs became the first team to rally back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, and they did so against a team that won a league-record 73 games in the regular season.

LeBron took to Instagram after the news was revealed to thank Northeast Ohio for "an incredible 4 seasons".

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