Lance Stephenson to join Lakers after LeBron decision

Lance Stephenson to join Lakers after LeBron decision

Lance Stephenson to join Lakers after LeBron decision

Basketball star LeBron James has agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year deal worth $154m (£116m), his agents have announced. The team was reportedly willing to offer James $38.25 million annual maximum salary over four years, ESPN wrote.

The Cavs played 81 postseason games - one contest shy of an entire regular season - the last four years, winning 55 of them.

The 33-year-old carried the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, but his team was ultimately swept by the Golden State Warriors.

Over the course of 22 appearances, he averaged 34.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists and led the Cavaliers to their fourth straight NBA Finals.

While there were reports that James had concerns over joining Lakers, because of Bryant's stature, the news will no doubt delight the fans of the Los Angeles franchise. Here's what's being said.

LeBron James is going, going to Cali, Cali.

James' discussion with the Cavaliers was first reported by ESPN.

Even the Los Angeles Rams extended their welcome to James.

But there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the Lakers and what comes next, as they try to build a contender around James. In addition, the team is the favorite to trade for Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard. James also thanked Northeast Ohio on Instagram.

And when Sixers officials came away from a Sunday meeting with James's representatives feeling they had little chance to land the prized future hall of famer, it became a lock that the Lakers would be his new home.

His departure would create some more question marks for the Lakers, especially who will be in the frontcourt alongside Kyle Kuzma.

Though the length of the deal has raised the eyebrows of fans and media members alike, that James signed a deal longer than any deal he signed after returning to the Cavs in 2014 should have been expected. 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.

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