Lebron James is to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year deal worth $154 million, ending months of frenzied speculation about the NBA superstar’s next career move.
The blockbuster deal means the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who has played in the past eight NBA Finals will now join one of the league’s most iconic clubs, adding to the legacy of such legends as Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson.
James is considered a rival of retired Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan for the title of greatest player in NBA history.
However, he had endured frustration with the Cleveland Cavaliers, culminating in this season’s clean sweep defeat to the Golden State Warriors in last month’s NBA finals.
James and the Cavaliers had been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015.
The Cavaliers also tried to keep James, reportedly being on the phone with him seconds after midnight Sunday as the free agency period opened.
James, a two-time Olympic champion, left Cleveland before in 2010 for the Miami Heat, where he reached the NBA Finals four times, going 2-2, before departing for the before departing for the Cavaliers.