James goes West: LeBron signs with Lakers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

LeBron James has his new destination. The free agent superstar, who was meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers earlier on Sunday, has signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

James, who was definitely going to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers amid friction with owner Dan Gilbert, receives $153.3 million over the next four-years.

LeBron James givers a pound to Jeff Green (Getty Images)
LeBron James givers a pound to Jeff Green (Getty Images)

His contract is a three-year deal with a four-year option. He is signed with the Lakers through 2021. At age 37, he will have made $387.2 million in total earnings.

James already has two houses in Los Angeles and has a business there, as well. He is scheduled to make salaries of: $35.6 million, $37.4 million, $39.2 million, and $41 million in his final season.

With his $35.6 million salary next season, James represents 48% of the Lakers active roster salary cap, according to Spotrac. He, along with Luol Deng, who they have tried to deal, represents 73% of the salary cap.

On Saturday, he, along with his family, flew from Anguilla to Los Angeles. While in Anguilla, a part of the British overseas territory in the Caribbean, he risked it all by jumping off of a cliff.

The Decision Part III is definitely different than the first two. In 2010, he decided to leave the Cavaliers, who drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick to sign with the Miami Heat, where he won two championships.

Then, in 2014, he decided to sign back with the Cavaliers. Two years later, James helped guide his hometown team to the championship in Game 7 over the Golden State Warriors.

The past two seasons, though, James and his Cavaliers have been eliminated in the NBA Finals have been dominated by the Warriors. In fact, Golden State has won nine of ten games, including a sweep in this year’s NBA Finals.

James joins a rebuilding Lakers squad that will have to compete with the Warriors, the back-to-back champions, and the Houston Rockets. He was believed that LeBron would not select, because he was disappointed the team did not land Paul George; however, that was not the case.

Lakers executive Magic Johnson gets the top free agent in the free agent frenzy. He said recently that he would resign if he could not get a top player to sign with the Lakers within the next two summers — and he will not have to resign now.

Throughout this career, he has only played in the Eastern Conference. Now, with his signing with the Lakers, he will have to see how tough the Western Conference will be, as he may not make another Finals appearance for a while.

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