LOS ANGELES – LeBron James is taking his talents to Southern California and just might have to change the spelling of his name from LeBron to LAbron. According to Klutch Sports Media Group, free agent NBA superstar James has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
James will join the iconic NBA franchise on a four-year, $154 million deal, his representatives, Klutch Sports Group, tweeted Sunday night.
The tweet read, “LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three time NBA finals MVP, fourteen time NBA All Star, and two time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.”
The bombshell announcement changes the scope of both the Eastern and Western Conferences as the Lakers look to re-emerge as championship contenders.
James, 33, is the latest — and one of the greatest — legends to play for the Lakers. He has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in 1,143 career contests.
This marks the first time James will play for a team in the hotly contested Western Conference, which includes heavyweight teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. James spent his first seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his next four seasons with the Miami Heat, and his last four seasons back at home with Cleveland.
The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, who has appeared in eight consecutive NBA Finals. The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly had strong interest in wooing the 6-foot-8, 250-pound superstar who entered the league directly out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.
“Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons,” James said in a message on his Instagram account. “This will always be home,” he added referring to his upbringing in Akron, nearby to Cleveland.
The Lakers’ big offseason might not be finished. Another star forward, Kawhi Leonard, reportedly wants to go to Los Angeles via trade from the San Antonio Spurs.
–Field Level Media