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

03 July, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • LeBronWatch is getting extreme in Los Angeles

The Lakers came to terms with Lance Stephenson-yes, Lance Stephenson-on a one-year deal Sunday night, just hours after securing James.

This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams.

In 2014 however, he finally returned to his roots and rejoined the Cavaliers where he has been for the past four years.

Former Lakers superstar and five-time champion Kobe Bryant sent out a welcome to James.

The 33-year-old James is coming off a season in which he averaged 27.5 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Lakers are heard to be offering only one-year deals to maximize their cap space for the summer of 2019. McGee proved in Golden State he could be a serviceable backup big, and even start in spot moments.

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The Cavs are now faced with a roster that has more than $102 million in guaranteed contracts, and little chance to contend.

Getting back to annual title contention, which is a given with James, will be hard. One of general manager Koby Altman's most critical tasks will be deciding whether to retain or trade Kevin Love, who will make nearly $50 million the next two seasons. He played in all 82 regular-season games and then somehow carried a team that underwent several transformations to a fourth straight conference title and matchup against the Warriors.

"If he leaves, that's not a good deal for them financially", an Eastern Conference executive told Bleacher Report's Ken Berger prior to James' move. The two-time National Basketball Association champion comes over from the Warriors on a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

His stay with the Cavaliers will best be remembered for 2016, when he rallied the Cavs from a 3-1 deficit in the finals to stun the Warriors.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons", James wrote. James helped seal a Game 7 win with a chase-down block of Andre Iguodala, the signature moment of a career that has shown no signs of decay. "This will always be home".

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