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

Cleveland Cavaliers' Le Bron James shoots against Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland. Two people familiar with the decision

It means James will not have the opportunity to go head-to-head with the Warriors a fifth time in as many years in the Finals, with the Lakers and Golden State only being able to meet as far as the Conference Finals.

Furthermore, James could sign a one-year deal with Cleveland, with a one year option, so he can have chance at exploring free-agency in 2019.

If the Sixers are going to give up a haul like that for Leonard, then they obviously need to know they can re-sign him long-term. The deal is a four-year deal worth $154 million.

Klutch Sports Group - announced his decision via a press release on Twitter just after 1am United Kingdom time on Monday.

If true, this puts to bed long-simmering speculation about James' immediate future in the National Basketball Association, with previous reports suggesting that he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers once again. They remain engaged in trade talks with the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. It was a stark contrast from eight years ago, when a poorly conceived TV special to announce his departure from Cleveland backfired and damaged James' image.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported James flew into Los Angeles prior to the start of free agency.

On Friday, James formally became a free agent when he informed the Cavs he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent and the prize catch in the 2018 class.

The Philadelphia 76ers, whose young star Ben Simmons has the same agent as James, were also in the hunt with James, hoping to build a potential triple threat alongside the Australian and Cameroon forward Joel Embiid.

The next-biggest free agent prize will now be DeMarcus Cousins, who has already heard from the Lakers along with the New Orleans Pelicans since free agency began at the stroke of midnight on Sunday.

The decision to join the Lakers was not a surprise to his innermost circle, with one person telling AP that it had been presumed for some time that he was headed to Los Angeles next season.

Of course, Eastern Conference teams won't have much reason to vote for such a proposal. With his destination unclear, the Lakers would likely gravitate toward a more aggressive move to assemble a team that can take on the Golden State Warriors. And while he has always been compared to Michael Jordan, Johnson is the one whose game more closely resembles his own.

George's choice could sway James to sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, but the Lakers are determined to get their hands on the four-time MVP.

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