NBA superstar LeBron James has signed for Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $153.3 million contract.
The announcement was made through his agency, Klutch Sports Group, which announced the deal as $154 million – the longest deal James has signed since inking a six-year contract with the Miami Heat in 2010.
After their humiliating sweep by the Golden State Warriors in last season’s finals, James leaves his hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent for the second time in his career.
The four-time MVP and 14-time All-Star thanked the Cavs on Instagram, writing in text overlaying a photo from the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA title victory parade, “Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home.”
He delivered the first championship to the city in 52 years and did so by inspiring the Cavaliers to become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win it all.
“LeBron is a family man, first. We wish his kids, his wife, Savannah, his mother, Gloria, and LeBron himself nothing but the best in the years and decades ahead. LeBron’s connection to Akron, Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio will most certainly endure as his commitment to the region and his support of many important causes has been impactful to so many kids and families,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a lengthy statement thanking James.
“LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line …”
James leaves the Cavaliers franchise as its leader in nearly every major statistical category: games played, points, rebounds, assists and steals, and also becomes the first player in NBA history to lead a postseason in scoring and switch teams the following offseason.
He joins the illustrious list of NBA legends to play for the Lakers, some of whom have already welcomed James to the family.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 2, 2018
I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders. Congrats to @MagicJohnson & @LALakersLive et al. Cross your fingers for news from San Antonio.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) July 2, 2018