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LeBron James LeBron James to join Los Angeles Lakers in $154m deal
Edward Snyder | 04 July, 2018, 01:19

LeBron James is to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year $154 million deal, his agents said Sunday, ending months of frenzied speculation about the National Basketball Association superstar's next career move. But it no longer sounds as if it's Leonard-or-bust for the Lakers - there are other trade options, or they could make 2018-19 a building year before jumping into the deep free-agency pool next summer.

James will wear No. 23, the same number he wore in both of his Cleveland stops, league sources have told ESPN.

U.S. media reports said the Lakers move was sealed following a meeting late Saturday between James and the team's president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson.

Although Cousins is expected to miss the first few months of next season while recovering from his Achilles injury, the Cousins signing probably ends the possibility of the Warriors taking a flyer on Howard. The team that has won three out of the last four championships added a four-time All-Star who could have received a max contract elsewhere.




LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 14, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Hours after the news of James' contract broke, the Lakers announced they had signed small forward and shooting guard Lance Stephenson and twice National Basketball Association champion Javale McGee to one-year deals. On Sunday night, James thanked the city of Cleveland for the four monumentual years that he played after his return from a short stint with the Miami Heat.

Mike D'Antoni's team went on to have the best regular-season record, but they still fell to Golden State in the Western Conference finals in the absence of the often-injured Paul. Pairing Leonard with LeBron could force the Lakers to break up part of their young core.

Another reason for James's willingness to sign a long-term deal with the Lakers is the team's proximity to Hollywood. As now constructed, the Lakers are nowhere near championship contention, even with James.

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