LeBron James, LA Lakers agree to four-year, $154 million deal


Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman spoke to both James and Paul over the phone when National Basketball Association free agency officially opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

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

The deal is worth $154 million over four years.

A high-level Philadelphia 76ers contingent is meeting with LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul, on Sunday in Los Angeles, league sources told ESPN.

LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. Kevin Love, who averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, and rookie point guard Collin Sexton - a masterful scorer in the pick-and-roll and transition -averaged 19.2 points per game as a freshman at the University of Alabama.

This also means that, for the first time in his career, LeBron will be playing in the NBA's Western Conference, eliminating the chance of next year's NBA Finals being a fifth-consecutive showdown between the Golden State Warriors and whatever side LeBron is on. Here's a look at what the Seminoles did when he was with Cleveland and when he left so you can see why you want James in any other uniform.

James' decision will catapult the Lakers up the title-contending ranks.

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James joins a Lakers team with some young talent, including Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.

It has been widely speculated for a year that James had his eye on Los Angeles, where he maintains an off-season residence and has myriad entertainment business ventures.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sport title drought in 2016.

Lakers great Kobe Bryant showed support for James' decision in a tweet, saying "Welcome to the family".

James was on a plane that flew into Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles on Saturday.

LeBron James has guided his team to the NBA Finals in each of the past eight seasons.

With the Sixers though, he has a chance to become the franchise's most adored player since Allen Iverson and Dr J, and deliver the fanbase something that majority have been waiting for their whole lives.