LeBron James is a Laker.
After initial reports on Sunday that James would wait until Tuesday to make an announcement, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that LeBron has agreed to a 4-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, worth $154 million.
Additionally, Wojnarowski revealed that Spurs star Kawhi Leonard’s “focus is unchanged” and he wants to join LeBron in Los Angeles next year.
LeBron’s sports agency Klutch Sports Group also tweeted a short press release, confirming the news. “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 release reads.
This is the second time LeBron has left Cleveland, following his infamously televised “The Decision” spectacle in 2010. It’s still too early to tell what the reception to this decision will be like in his home state, but he does leave on better terms this time around. As ESPN points out, James leaves the Cavs as its franchise leader in almost all of its major statistical categories: games played, points, rebounds, assists, and steals. And, of course, he lead the team to their first NBA championship by defeating the Golden State Warriors in 2016, ending Cleveland’s 52-year pro sports title drought.
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