LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154 million contract with Lakers

Elena Summers
July 2, 2018

If the goal is to be the dominant force in the Eastern Conference for years to come, the Sixers' best bet might be to continue development and make some smaller moves on the free-agent market.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion was selected by the Cavaliers in 2003 as the first pick in the National Basketball Association draft and established himself as one of the league's best players. James could be sold on the idea of a trial with Cousins, with the possibility of filling the second star seat with a better option in the future. Smith reported the Lakers can have as much as $68 million if they can work something out with Luol Deng, and by withdrawing a qualifying offer to Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent.

A source familiar with the Cavs' thinking said re-signing James is Cleveland's "Plan A, B and C" when it comes to free agency. He was on the phone with the Cavs' GM shortly after midnight.

The Lakers are the betting favorite to land LeBron.

James was on a plane that flew into Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles on Saturday.

The Lakers and the Celtics are the clear winners.


The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar, L.A. -Bron.

LeBron James' Decision 3.0 is officially over and it didn't end with a royal procession on its way to Philadelphia. There are no plans for James to attend a news conference or explain himself in a video, not even on his "Uninterrupted" platform, according to ESPN.

Houston was consistently named a potential for LeBron throughout the year, but the Rockets have kind of fallen off, hype-wise, anyway, in recent weeks.

For the Cavaliers, James' decision is a major gut punch.

James, 33, was welcomed to the team by some of the NBA's elites. "No known meeting, but - cap obstacles be darned - they have not waved the white flag on that front", tweeted Sam Amick. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, James also has his SpringHill Entertainment production company with Maverick Carter, and a move to Hollywood could make things all the more easier to keep track of.

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