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


Hours after it was announced that James would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers, the Orlando Magic reportedly agreed to sign their own big-time free agent in Aaron Gordon.

Caldwell-Pope, 25, will head into his second season with the Lakers after finishing off a one-year, $18 million deal.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons", James wrote on his Instagram story. "The one thing that I've always done is consider my family, understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age", the player told reporters after Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Can they finally give the San Antonio Spurs what they want in a trade package for Kawhi Leonard? However, even though I think the Lakers will continue to make moves to try and solidify themselves as one of the league's best teams, they can finally take a few deep breaths.

James, who has a home and production company in Los Angeles, joins a team with plenty of money to spend under the National Basketball Association salary cap and a desire to rebuild into a championship team after years of struggles.

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ESPN reported James' agent, Rich Paul, was meeting with 76ers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer along with coach/acting general manager Brett Brown on Sunday, though James was not expected to be present for the powwow. Trading for George a year ago was panned by some critics, presumably because of the belief that he was already focused on joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

The Lakers have some solid young talent in Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart, but none of the usual ready-made stars James has played alongside in the past.

The Lakers could ultimately choose to sign players to short contracts this offseason to keep cap space open for next summer.

In doing so, he became the first player in league history to average at least 30 points, nine boards and nine dimes over the course of an entire postseason (minimum 15 games played).

That he is going West without an obvious plan to compete with the Warriors and Rockets is surprising. The King can now call Staples Center his kingdom.