NBA superstar LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers, agreeing to four-year USD 154 Million contract on Sunday. The 33 year-old small forward left to join the fallen franchise that was looking to rebuild after losing for five consecutive seasons.
James bid farewell to Cleveland through his Instagram story. “Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons. This will always be home,” James posted. Klutch Sports Group tweeted “LeBron James, four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP, 14-time NBA All Star, and two-time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four-year, USD 154 Million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.”
The NBA’s best all-around player’s decision will make the Lakers an instant contender to take the Western Conference, where the Golden State Warriors have won three of the last four NBA titles besting the Cleveland Cavaliers each time. The other title went to the Cavaliers led by LeBron James in a historic reverse sweep in the finals.
James signed with the Cavaliers in 2003 and left in 2010 to join the Miami Heat, leading them to four consecutive NBA finals and winning twice in 2012 and 2013. He returned to the Cavaliers the season after and took home a championship for Cleveland in 2016. He helped the team to claim the Eastern Conference for a four straight years, but was given a reminder of the gap between the Cavaliers and the Warriors when they were swept 4-0 by the Warriors in the recent NBA finals.
Speculation was made after the finals of James’ future in the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets as possible suitors while the Cavaliers wanted to keep him in Cleveland. The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers were mentioned too but James ended up choosing Los Angeles Lakers, known for its owner in former Lakers great Magic Johnson and the recent retiree Kobe Bryant.