Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

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

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

But money and years of security were less a concern than being able to play for a title contender. Paul George had defiantly spurned the glitz, glamour and hometown allure of the Los Angeles Lakers to agree to a four-year deal to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

His decision comes a day after Paul George chose to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder without even taking a meeting with the Lakers, the team he grew up rooting for.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

He won five National Basketball Association titles in 14 seasons with Lakers and remains the all-time leading scorer in league history.

Only the Golden State Warriors have shorter odds than the 16-time National Basketball Association champions, with the bookies giving the defending National Basketball Association champions 10/11 odds of retaining their title and becoming the first team since the Lakers in the early 2000s to win three consecutive championships.

James, who has a home and production company in Los Angeles, now joins a club with money to spend and a desire to rebuild into a championship team. Sunday's announcement came on the opening day of the new league year. The team was projected to have a little under $50 million to hand out.

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The Cavs could have significant salary-cap space in 2019-20, depending on what they do with Love, Tristan Thompson (who will make $18.5 million that season), Jordan Clarkson ($13.4 million), J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver. He's performing at a ridiculously high level, but especially so for a player who has played more than 54,000 (regular season plus playoff) minutes in the league.

Dan Gilbert thanked LeBron James the second time around. He returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 after four seasons in Miami. The 15-year veteran has career averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists.

Many have already wondered what the NBA Finals might look like without James taking on the Warriors every year.

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Afterward, James yelled, "Cleveland, this is for you", into Doris Burke's microphone. This is the longest contract LeBron has signed since his six-year deal with the Heat in 2010, though the final two years of that contract were player options. "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".

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