LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154M deal with LA Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers have recovered nicely from the start of free agency by managing to win the LeBron James Sweepstakes.

LeBron James has signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. He knows what he wants and he's very familiar with the Cavaliers after leading them to four straight NBA Finals since returning as a free agent in 2014 following four seasons in Miami. He also won a championship in Cleveland.

Next season, with a bigger salary cap, the Lakers can also pursue Leonard (should they not trade for him), and maybe Durant, Jimmy Butler or Kyrie Irving - who was critical to James's one championship in Cleveland.

Some had expected the move to Los Angeles, where the OH native owns two homes.

James' agency announced his four-year, $153.3 million deal with the National Basketball Association giants on Sunday, and Ibrahimovic immediately took to Twitter to welcome the new King of the West. Earlier this season, James was flattered when a Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in OH urging James to come to Philadelphia, where the club has been abiding by a "Trust The Process" mantra while rebuilding. "Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness @JeanieBuss @MagicJohnson and RP well done!"

As has been the case in the past, James didn't have enough help as the Cavs were swept, dropping him to 3-6 in the NBA Finals - a record sometimes used to compare him to Michael Jordan. Reports have linked them to other players like DeMarcus Cousins or Nerlens Noel, but neither is the type of player that would swing the balance of power in the West from the Golden State Warriors' hands.

The team can pair James - and whoever else might be coming - with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.

Paul averaged 18.6 points and 7.9 assists last season with the Rockets, who went 65-17 led by Paul and newly minted NBA MVP James Harden.

Whether Raptors president Masai Ujiri might now pull back from any plans to wildly shake up his roster with James out of the picture remains unclear. Now that he's in Los Angeles, that's impossible.

One fan, @asapolin, whose name is Alec on his Twitter account posted a video of a James Cavaliers jersey on which he placed a piece of paper that read "Thank You Lebron" and patted it in a show of appreciation.

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