LeBron James joins one of the NBA'smost iconic clubs.
James' management on Sunday announced he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joining one of the league's most storied franchises and switching conferences to try and dethrone the Golden State Warriors and grow his own legacy.
James has been one of the top priorities of the Lakers for quite some time now, and they were able to get the job done by signing him this offseason.
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.
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.
During four seasons at South Beach, James and co won two championships before the OH native made a decision to return home to help the Cavaliers win a title.
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The three-time National Basketball Association champion was selected by the Cavaliers in 2003 as the first pick in the National Basketball Association draft and established himself as one of the league's best players.
The disgruntled star of the Spurs has been adamant about wanting a trade out of San Antonio with the Lakers the only team he's willing to play for.
The Cavaliers also tried to keep James, reportedly being on the phone with him seconds after midnight Sunday as the free agency period opened. The Lakers are considered strong candidates to sign James, but he also has an offseason home in L.A. He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home. That likely played a part in Caldwell-Pope securing a deal, too. Before he joined the Heat, James had meetings with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers, where team representatives pitched the All-Star with personalized presentations and marketing plans.
LeBron was welcomed to the side by some of the best players from the Lakers, Kobe Bryant, and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar. Pic: GettyIn his time with the Cavs, James managed to bring a championship to Cleveland.
Compared to Gilbert's first letter, this is a Pulitzer Prize-winning release.