Bron: James agrees to 4-year contract with Lakers

Bron: James agrees to 4-year contract with Lakers

Bron: James agrees to 4-year contract with Lakers

James' deal with the Lakers will pay him $154 million, a max-contract that only Los Angeles and the Sixers were positioned to offer him this offseason.

Why did James sign with the Lakers?

When James previously signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat, he joined Dwyane Wade and Chris Both to form a superstar trio, likewise, Kevin Love joined James in his return to the Cavaliers.

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.

The game's biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team - run by Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson - that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding. 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. San Antonio isn't going to give him away at a discount, but the Lakers hold some leverage considering Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent anyway in 2019. Pic: GettyIn his time with the Cavs, James managed to bring a championship to Cleveland.


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Last season, his 15th as a professional, James averaged 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game while playing in all 82 regular season contests. He was a 10-time All-Star, a three-time All-Star MVP, two-time league MVP and, most memorably, the 2016 NBA Finals MVP. The best the two teams can do is meet in the Western Conference Finals.

That year, his iconic block on Andre Iguodala was one of the defining moments of the Cavs' Game 7 win over the Warriors. "I don't think LeBron is that type of parent, I think he wants to be around his son a lot and see his son play a lot". He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home.

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