King James Leaves Cleveland for L.A.
It’s official: Lebron James is a Los Angeles Laker.
Lebron dropped a bombshell on the first day of free agency, announcing, through Klutch Sports Group, that he has signed a 4-year $154 million deal with the Lakers.
The move ends James’ second act with the Cavaliers, a 4-year run in which he led Cleveland to their first NBA championship, one of 4 consecutive Finals appearances.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 2, 2018
James, an Akron native, was grateful in a goodbye Instagram story. Laid out over a photo of Cleveland’s 2016 championship parade was a message:
“Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home.”
James has rewritten the Cavaliers record book over an 11-year run, while establishing himself as one of the greatest players to ever play. In 2017-18, his 15th NBA season, he averaged 27.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG and 9.1 APG while playing in all 82 games for the first time in his career. Lebron upped his game in the playoffs, carrying the Cavs to the Finals while averaging 34 points, 9 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game over the entire postseason.
James’ move west is very different from 2010, where Lebron infamously took his talents to Miami. Then, James was joining forces with fellow superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Now, he is going to a young team with little apparent elite talent, at least right now. It will be up to Lakers management, namely president Magic Johnson, to bring in enough help to provide James with an opportunity for his 4th championship.