LeBron James, going in for a layup against the Warriors in the National Basketball Association final, will join the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year free-agent deal, his management team said late Sunday.
James, meanwhile, paid tribute to Cavs on his Instagram story in which he said: "Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons".
This marks the first time James will play for a team in the hotly contested Western Conference, which includes heavyweight teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. At 33 years old, James produced a sensational 2017-18 campaign in which he averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds on 54.2 percent shooting from the field, including 36.7 percent from three, in a league-high 36.9 minutes per game. With the addition of the best player on earth, the Lakers became projected as a 49-win team - and who knows what other top-notch acquisitions Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson can bring to Staples Center now that the world's best player has planted his flag there.
Philadelphia is meeting with LeBron James and his reps today in Los Angeles, league sources tell ESPN.
Many expected LeBron James would leave the Cavaliers.
George's move has given James more to process, but the chance to restore Los Angeles to prominence may be just what he needs at this point in his career.
As good as the Sixers made themselves look on the free-agent scale, Philadelphia just isn't home and was never going to be for the three-time National Basketball Association champion. With one year remaining on his contract, there's no guarantee he would re-sign with any team he was traded to. James loves the Hollywood lights, and with two homes in the Los Angeles area as well as a film production company, he has already established some roots in the land of movie stars and slow-moving traffic. After bolting from Cleveland in 2010, he returned in an emotional homecoming four years later, determined to make the Cavs champions. That's what Embiid thinks anyway, and he's probably not wrong given all the history that those two all time greats have with the Lakers franchise.