Lebron James agreed to a four year $154 million contract with the Lakers, according to Bleacher Report. His decision on what team he signed with was announced via his agency, Klutch Sports Group, on Sunday night.
James left his $35.6 million option on the table with his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers and became a free agent June 29. James has spent the past four seasons with the Cavaliers where he won a championship in 2016. It was the first time in 52 years that the city of Cleveland had won a sports championship.
Last season, James led the Cavaliers in nearly every category including scoring and assists.
“I think it is good for the city of L.A. and Laker fans,” Orange County Register writer James Williams commented. “LeBron is expected to bring his win now mindset to an organization with a young roster and a winning history.”
This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams. Los Angeles will be the first west coast team James has played for in his career.
Lauren A. Jones, CEO of LoJo Media, believes business played an integral role in James’ decision.
“LeBron is the best player in the NBA, it was inevitable for him to join a franchise that is located in one of the top markets in the world,” Jones said. “Furthermore, the Lakers are an organization who expects to win championships with legends like Magic Johnson at the helm. James is ready to win now.”
This is the longest contract James has signed for since playing with the Miami Heat back in 2010. He was welcomed with open arms by Laker legends such as Kobe Bryant, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Shaquille O’neal.
James is the first player in NBA History to lead the postseason in scoring and switch teams, according to Sports Center.
Joining James will be former Indiana Pacer Lance Stephenson, who agreed to a one year, $4.5 million deal with the Lakers. JaVale McGee from the Golden State Warriors has also agreed to a one year deal with the Lakers. It was announced on Monday that Rajon Rondo signed a deal for one year, $9 million.
Haters and fans everywhere will witness the greatness James will bring to the organization in the 2018-19 season.