Hollywood ending in LA, as Lakers land LeBron

Elena Summers
July 2, 2018

This also means that, for the first time in his career, LeBron will be playing in the NBA's Western Conference, eliminating the chance of next year's NBA Finals being a fifth-consecutive showdown between the Golden State Warriors and whatever side LeBron is on.

The 33-year-old James leaves his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time as a free agent after opting out of his deal on Friday.

With James' decision to leave Cleveland - just as he did eight years ago when he joined the Miami Heat - the Cavs say goodbye to their all-time leader in several statistical categories, including points, rebounds, assists, steals, games and minutes played.

However, his decision to make a long-awaited move to California was confirmed via a press release from Klutch Sports Group today.

Three-time National Basketball Association champion LeBron James has agreed to a four-year $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agency said on Sunday.

'LeBron James, 4 time NBA MVP, 3 time NBA finals MVP, 14 time NBA All-Star, and 2 time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, ' the official statement read.


"What Woj is reporting is (obviously, as always) 100% correct", Wright wrote later on Twitter.

Los Angeles had been hoping to sign Paul George.

It's the last long-term max contract that James can sign thanks to the NBA CBA's Over-38 rule (formerly the Over-37 rule).

They're likely going to re-sign Rodney Hood, who averaged 16.8 points per game in a featured role with the Utah Jazz last season, with James gone. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN and Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers have agreed to a deal with Lance Stephenson.

McGee and the Lakers reached agreement on a one-year deal worth the minimum, league sources told ESPN.

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embid (right) greets LeBron James.

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