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LeBron James: Basketball star agrees to join Los Angeles Lakers

02 July, 2018, 09:00 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • LeBron James has left the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent.					Carlos Osorio  AP

After much deliberation and anticipation, LeBron James spurned the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in a move that was widely expected.

James opted out of a $35.6 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was reported to have had contact with the team as free agency opened last night.

James will enter a new phase of his career, his name joining some of the game's greats that have worn a Laker uniform including, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team.The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar - L.A. -Bron.

LeBron James is heading to the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $154 million deal.

James spent four season in Cleveland after winning 2-Championships in Miami.

The signing also means James will have to interact with the Ball family at some point in the next four years.

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A similar sentiment was provided by Los Angeles' Kyle Kuzma, who tweeted, "LAKESHOWWWW".

The Lakers have reportedly been pursuing Kawhi Leonard in trades, believing that landing the San Antonio Spurs star forward could help attract James in free agency.

As the National Basketball Assn.'s free agent period starts, all eyes are on James, whom many consider the best basketball player ever. This marks the second time that James has chose to leave the Cavaliers.

However it shakes out in California and through the rest of the NBA, James's decision Sunday will affect far more franchises than just the Lakers and Cavaliers.

James enjoyed perhaps his most influential season in Cleveland to carry the team to the Finals, and finished the regular season averaging 27.5 points per game, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds while playing in all 82 contests.

If the Lakers do sign Cousins, reports indicate it would be on a short-term deal that would allow the team to assess how well he has recovered from his Achilles injury.

For now, though, he's not attached to anyone.

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