LeBron James Agrees to Sign With Lakers for Four Years, $154 Million

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

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

But it's the mystique of the LeBron James brand that's suddenly skyrocketed L.A. ticket demand in the wake of King James' move to the West Coast.

"Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness", wrote Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Twitter.

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.

For obvious reasons, any team would love to have the talents of James since there's a reason why he's considered one of the greatest players of all time, and he would have increased Philadelphia's chances of winning next year's NBA Finals. James might end up being the only top free agent to sign in Los Angeles this summer (no offense, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee) but next summer should be a big one for Magic Johnson and Co., too.

In a career full of personal and team highlights, James now begins the next chapter in Los Angeles. He dragged a Cleveland Cavaliers' team that had no business being a championship contender to the 2018 NBA Finals. People wondered if Kobe was capable of passing the baton to James, even if he's over two years removed from his last National Basketball Association game.

The Warriors are still the clear-cut favorite to win their fourth title in five years.

The most obvious name thus far hasn't been a free agent, but a guy under contract and unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs. "We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see".

LeBron's reported deal with the Lakers, a US$154 million whopper, covers a period of four years, which will bring LeBron up to 2022 when he will be 37-years-old.

Many decided his reason to leave Cleveland Cavaliers was down to a massive mistake made in the NBA Finals by former teammate JR Smith.

In an Instagram story, LeBron thanked the city of Cleveland for an incredible four years.

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