Friday, 20 July, 2018

Details emerge in LeBron James' reported move to Los Angeles Lakers

SPORTS_LEBRON JAMES_00021123 LeBron James returns to L.A. to plot his next move
Scott Davis | 03 July, 2018, 01:16

American basketball superstar LeBron James has agreed to a four-year, 154 million USA dollar deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agency group Klutch Sports tweeted on Sunday evening.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons". Gilbert, who has been the majority owner of the Cavaliers since 2005, released a statement thanking James for winning the National Basketball Association championship in 2016 and for his time in a Cleveland uniform. In fact, James might not even speak with top team officials before making a decision on his destination for next season.

"The one thing that I've always done is consider my family, understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age", James announced after the Cavaliers' June 8 loss.

But for now, the Lakers have secured free agency's most coveted player.

It obviously won't be as easy for him in Los Angeles as it was in Golden State, but he won't be playing a great deal of minutes unless the Lakers fail to add another big man to the mix. Shortly after his announcement Sunday night, photos of James' new Lakers jersey popped up on the site with No. 00 as a placeholder.

James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive years.

Representatives from the team will meet today with James' agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the plans told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.




James isn't expected to drag his choice out over several days.

LeBron James is to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year $154 million deal, his agents said on Sunday, ending months of frenzied speculation about the National Basketball Association superstar's next career move.

He could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again.

After all, the Lakers had reportedly been trying to land San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard in a trade to pair another star with James.

Those odds may go down since George signed with the Thunder.

That's made it tough for Cleveland to upgrade its roster, but the Cavs remain committed to bringing back James even for just one more year.

When James said he was coming back to the Cavs, he promised a championship, and he delivered on that promise, and Cavs fans seem to be forever grateful.

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