Bron: James agrees to 4-year contract with Lakers

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"LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, and two-time Olympic gold medallist, has agreed to a four-year, US$154 million contract with he Los Angeles Lakers", James' management company Klutch Sports Group said in a statement.

Los Angeles also provides James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism.

James' decision comes after his agent, Rich Paul, met with representatives from the Philadelphia 76ers - another team strongly linked with the three-time National Basketball Association champion.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.

CLEVELAND-Shortly after his agent announced he would be taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James posted a special message to his hometown on Instagram.

On Friday, James formally became a free agent when he informed the Cavs he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent and the prize catch in the 2018 class. Clint Capela and others with six years or less in the league can make a max salary of $25.25 million for the 2018-19 season.

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The next-biggest free agent prize will now be DeMarcus Cousins, who has already heard from the Lakers along with the New Orleans Pelicans since free agency began at the stroke of midnight on Sunday. Now that he's in Los Angeles, that's impossible.

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The 33-year-old made a decision to opt out of the final year of his contract in Cleveland and will join the prestigious purple and yellow to play in the Western Conference for the first time. And James' decision to come aboard on a long-term deal gives them more leverage in trade negotiations right now.

James and the Cavaliers had been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals by the Warriors since 2015. 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. With his destination unclear, the Lakers would likely gravitate toward a more aggressive move to assemble a team that can take on the Golden State Warriors. He's the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers.

The chance to play for one of America's most storied franchises is a new challenge for James, who prides himself on knowing the game's history.

It's now his turn.

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