LeBron James leaving Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James agrees to four-year, $154 million deal with Lakers

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player has agreed to a four-year, $154-million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James is going to the West Coast.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in game three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

USA media reports said the Lakers move was sealed following a meeting late Saturday between James and the team's president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson. In the four seasons that comprised James' second stint with the team that drafted him in 2003, the Akron native led the Cavs to four straight NBA Finals appearances.

Fast forward a few hours and Los Angeles has made a decision to bring another veteran on board on a one-year deal, and oh boy, is this one a doozy.

The Philadelphia 76ers, whose young star Ben Simmons has the same agent as James, were also in the hunt, hoping to build a potential triple threat alongside the reigning Rookie of the Year and All-Star center Joel Embiid.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons".

James informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option.

The Lakers can offer top money plus talent and draft picks in order to surround James with competitive players enough to challenge the Warriors, who suddenly must contend with James as a Pacific division rival rather than a foe to be faced only twice a season and for the National Basketball Association title.

Chrissy Teigen was one of the very first celebrities who acknowledged the announcement, and she soon retweeted the ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski's post, captioning it: 'Told youuuu'. The "Sixers owners plan to pitch James the promise that the team will also acquire San Antonin Spurs disgruntled star Kawahi Leonard, according to Stein - a series of moves that would give Philly a Golden State Warriors-like super-team".

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