LeBron James signs with Lakers

LeBron James signs with Lakers

LeBron James signs with Lakers

Stephenson unexpectedly became an unrestricted free agent last week when the Pacers declined his $4.3 million team option.

Having cap space doesn't always result in star players coming as the Lakers know, but this time it worked, as the Lakers were able to sign LeBron James.

James has agreed to a four-year deal worth $153.3 million, his agency Klutch Sports Group announced with a press release on Sunday night. One of general manager Koby Altman's most critical tasks will be deciding whether to retain or trade Kevin Love, who will make nearly $50 million the next two seasons. But so, too, were ones James had with those close to him, reports Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. They're now linked like never before and if James wants to prepare for his eventual life after basketball, who better to learn from than Johnson, who has made a fortune as a business entrepreneur, or Bryant, an Academy Award victor. So far, James representatives have been taking meetings in Los Angeles, and it is unclear if James will leave California to take face-to-face meetings with teams.

Some think his four-year $153.3 million deal ($35.65M next season, then $37.43M, $39.21M and $41M in following years) was the overriding factor.

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But the Warriors and Steph Curry have won the past two years.

Now the 3-time National Basketball Association champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, ranked by Forbes magazine as the 6th-richest athlete in the world with annual income of $85.5 million, is taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers can offer top money plus talent and draft picks in order to surround James with competitive players enough to challenge the Warriors, who suddenly must contend with James as a Pacific division rival rather than a foe to be faced only twice a season and for the National Basketball Association title.

James joined the NBA In 2003 as the first overall NBA draft pick by Cleveland.

They'll need to do that, as in the short-term a championship contender is not in place.

Now that some of the early dust has settled, the battle for him appears to be down to two teams: Cleveland vs. Los Angeles.

James had one of his best seasons in 2017-18, playing all 82 games for the first time and averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists, while making 54.2% of his shots and 36.7% of his 3-point attempts.

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