The Decision 3.0 has been made and LeBron James is taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers. James has agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the team Sunday, according to Klutch Sports.
The 33-year-old James is coming off a season in which he averaged 27.5 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James led Cleveland to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Golden State Warriors in four games.
Why did LeBron James sign with the Los Angeles Lakers?
James will make $35.65 million next season. That number will slowly rise over the course of the contract. In his final season with the club, James will make $41 million. He is also not eligible for a no-trade clause.
Can the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors?
Many have already wondered what the NBA Finals might look like without James taking on the Warriors every year. Now that he’s in Los Angeles, that’s impossible. The best the two teams can do is meet in the Western Conference Finals.
The signing also means James will have to interact with the Ball family at some point in the next four years. He’ll have to play with Lonzo Ball — assuming he doesn’t get dealt — which means he’ll have to deal with Lavar Ball as well.
That should lead to some interesting tweets.
LeBron James is leaving Cleveland
Many expected LeBron James would leave the Cavaliers. He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home.
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LeBron left a thank you message for Cavs fans on his IG story.
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In his time with the Cavs, James managed to bring a championship to Cleveland. Fans reacted angrily the first time he left the team in free agency. There might be far fewer burned jerseys this time around.