Lance Stephenson agrees to join Los Angeles Lakers on one-year deal

LeBron James

LeBron James has confirmed the long-percolating rumors that he'd be moving out west, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $154 million with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sport title drought in 2016. The report was confirmed by his agency, Klutch Sports, which made the announcement. "This will always be home", James posted on his Instagram story.

James began his career with the Cavs in 2003, playing until 2010 when he made the decision to move on to South Beach and play for the Miami Heat where he won two NBA Championships.

The arrival of LeBron James has already been felt in Los Angeles, with the Lakers now considered to be joint-second favorite to win the National Basketball Association title next season. In other words, would they and James be okay not contending for a championship this year if it meant adding Leonard next summer and keeping all of their young core?

His most recent came in 2016 when he fulfilled his pledge to bring an NBA title to Cleveland after the Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.

The Cavs have been battling it out with Curry's Golden State Warriors over the past few years, with the two sides reaching the NBA Finals for the last four years in a row. Klay Thompson, for instance, will be a free agent after next year and given that his father Mychael was a forward on the last two of Johnson and Riley's Laker title teams as well as a current Lakers broadcast commentator, Klay could be a flawless fit alongside James in LA.

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LeBron James is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Golden State Warriors are still the two-time reigning National Basketball Association champions, but watching the Lakers and Warriors division rivalry series next season will be must-see television.

On Friday, James informed the Cavs that he was not exercising his $35.6 million option and becoming a free agent.

Once James committed to the Lakers, Stephenson was a top player on the team's priority list. McGee had his moments with the Warriors, and was more of a glue guy who kept things light in the locker room and was loved by his teammates. Paul George reportedly made it known a year ago that he planned on joining the Lakers this summer, so the Indiana Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While his wife and children were out of town for an AAU tournament, James was at his OH mansion pondering his next career move and how to top the champion Golden State Warriors, Jenkins writes.

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