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

LeBron James agrees to sign with Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers

Unlike his two previous forays in free agency, James did not drag out his decision and made the announcement less than 24 hours after National Basketball Association free agency opened.

His agency, Klutch Sports, announced the NBA-shattering news early Sunday night with a press release, that James was leaving his hometown Cavaliers for the second time and is signing a four-year deal worth $154 million, the maximum allowed.

But this one? This one is ... odd.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on March 9, 2016 in Sacramento, California.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant will now play in the same conference.

Though the length of the deal has raised the eyebrows of fans and media members alike, that James signed a deal longer than any deal he signed after returning to the Cavs in 2014 should have been expected. While there had been dialogue between Paul and Altman since the season ended, James had not given the team any sense of his plans.

The SB Nation report noted that Randle was likely miffed at the inconsistent playing time this season, even though he averaged a team-best 16.1 points per game and was one of the most efficient players on the Lakers.


James will make $25.65 million next season.

Not only will the Lakers be making a huge push for Leonard to join James and remake the roster, but it's always been known that Leonard wants to play in L.A. and wants to play next to James.

This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams.

Moving to L.A. will also help James expand his business interests and allow his children to attend high-profile schools. Five times, they have faced each other in the postseason.

The Los Angeles Lakers have recovered nicely from the start of free agency by managing to win the LeBron James Sweepstakes.

James' media ventures that include everything from product endorsements to running his own production company take place in Los Angeles.

Embiid posted a message on Twitter that seemed to be directed at No. 23 and what it might be like to walk in the footsteps of Lakers legends like Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Shaquille O'Neal.

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