LeBron James to join Lakers in four-year, US$154 million deal

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The wait is finally over and a victor has been declared in the LeBron James free agency sweepstakes.

His management agency, Klutch Sports Group, announced his agreement with the Lakers with a simple, short release.

Shortly after news leaked that LeBron was signing a four-year deal with the Lakers, NBA.com's David Aldridge made it clear that Randle would not be coming back to the Lakers.

Embiid posted a message on Twitter that seemed to be directed at No. 23 and what it might be like to walk in the footsteps of Lakers legends like Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Shaquille O'Neal.

James, who is also known as "King James", took to Instagram to address his Cleveland fans. James could be sold on the idea of a trial with Cousins, with the possibility of filling the second star seat with a better option in the future.

James led the Cavaliers to the first National Basketball Association title in franchise history in 2016, when the team rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors in seven games. Earlier in the day he held a meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers as his home in Los Angeles, and an announcement wasn't expected until Tuesday. It has been widely speculated for a year that James had his eye on Los Angeles, where he maintains an off-season residence and has myriad entertainment business ventures.

Only on this occasion James leaves two years after delivering the city's first championship in more than 52 years, and with Cavs fans wishing him well and thanking him for an incredible run. His deal with the Lakers is his longest since he signed for six years with Miami in 2010. It also helps that the Lakers are one of the game's premier franchises. "This will always be home", he wrote. The best the two teams can do is meet in the Western Conference Finals.

The chance to play for one of America's most storied franchises is a new challenge for James, who prides himself on knowing the game's history.

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.

It's now his turn.

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