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

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

Once James committed to the Lakers, Stephenson was a top player on the team's priority list.

James reportedly agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the team.

For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003 and have to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11 years they had him.

The Lakers had a large amount of cap space to work with.

CBSSports.com's projections had the Lakers as a 29-win team before the signing was announced. In other words, would they and James be okay not contending for a championship this year if it meant adding Leonard next summer and keeping all of their young core?

LeBron James is headed out West.

The deal makes Gordon Orlando's highest paid player by a few million, just ahead of Bismack Biyombo and Evan Fournier.

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LeBron is heading to LA.

The 33-year-old carried the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, but his team was ultimately swept by the Golden State Warriors.

James won his first National Basketball Association title in 2012 and added a second championship the following year.

Now that some of the early dust has settled, the battle for him appears to be down to two teams: Cleveland vs. Los Angeles. As the East rejoices and the Boston/Philadelphia rivalry takes center stage again, James will have a hard time getting to the Finals now.

He previously played in Los Angeles with the Clippers in 2015-16. Check out our poll below and let us know what you think. His initial reaction to the move was extremely positive.

LeBron took to Instagram after the news was revealed to thank Northeast Ohio for "an incredible 4 seasons". It has been so bad that LaVar Ball, the father of the Lakers' great point guard hope, is a more compelling (and irritating) figure than his son and the rest of the players on the roster. Ownership and possibly interim president of basketball operations/coach Brett Brown are expected to lead the meeting with James' representatives, sources said. "This will always be home".

And while there are surely some baseball fans who don't care at all about LeBron and object to this interruption, this seems like the right move from ESPN. He returned to the Cavs in 2014 after four seasons in Miami.

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