LeBron James signs with Los Angeles Lakers for 4 years, $154 million

LeBron James signs with Los Angeles Lakers for 4 years, $154 million

Rumors of James' interest in joining the Lakers had ramped up over the last season as his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, struggled to make the NBA Finals with a below-average cast around the 14-time All-Star.

Then there is Kawhi Leonard - the Sixers believe they are seriously in the mix to land him.

As if getting through one another won't be tough enough, James is now coming to join the party.

In Houston, Paul has told Rockets fans the same thing.

James's decision came on the first day of free agency, just 20 hours after the market officially opened.

Even the Los Angeles Rams extended their welcome to James. James once called the 27-year-old Cousins "the best big man in our game".

James, a 14-time All-Star and three-time National Basketball Association champion, has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game since entering the league straight out of high school in 2003. ESPN reported he is signing a four-year deal that will be worth US$160 million.

They were the initial wave.

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Philadelphia would instantly vault from conference contender to favorite with James, who could make a strong run at his ninth straight Finals in Year One.

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"Boogie's fit with James is intriguing if Cousins returns to form, or near form". In Los Angeles, championships are the standard and he'll feel new pressure in upholding the legacies of Johnson, Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and other Lakers greats.

"The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team".

James has dominated the Eastern Conference over the last eight seasons.

And while he isn't reportedly scheduled to meet with the Cavaliers face-to-face now, there's always a chance it could still happen, although it was reported earlier by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that James isn't interested in flashy pitches from teams this time around.

And the East, for the first time in almost a decade, will have a new king next spring.

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