Lebron James is heading west to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Lebron James is signing with the Lakers.
The NBA’s best player annouced sunday night that he has agreed to a four-year $154M contract with the Lakers. For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the him from Akron in 2003 and has to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11years they had him.
This Summer of LeBron was barely a fling.
His management agency, Klutch Sports Group, announced his agreement with the Lakers in a release. It was a stark contrast from eight years ago, when a poorly conceived TV special to announce his departure from Cleveland backfired and damaged James’ image.
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 2, 2018
James isn’t planning any more comments and there won’t be a welcoming press conference or celebration in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his plans said Sunday night on the condition of anonymity. James will make his next public comments on July 30 in Akron when he opens a public school started by his family foundation.
It was all different this time.
The game’s biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team — run by Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson — that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding. But the Lakers will instantly rise with James, a three-time champion who after being swept by the Warriors in this year’s NBA Finals said he is still driven and very much in “championship mode.”
The Lakers’ legacy is something that appealed to James and it wasn’t long after his announcement that he heard from Kobe Bryant, who won five titles during 20 seasons with Los Angeles.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 2, 2018
The Lakers picture become clearer as the night wore on Sunday, with Lance Stepheson also agreeing to terms.
James and Stephenson have traded testy moments in the playoffs when Stephenson’s Indiana teams faced James’ squads in both Miami and Cleveland.
Stephenson averaged 9.2 points last season.
Javale McGee is also set to head to Los Angeles