‘King’ LeBron James signs KSh15b Lakers deal


Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers ...
Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers after their NBA game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 14, 2017 (AFP Photo/Jason Miller)

In Summary

  • LeBron James signed his new four-year NBA contract worth Sh15 billion with the Los Angeles Lakers calling it a “huge step” for the team.
  • Lakers announced the signing of LeBron as a free agent last night, confirming the seismic shift created by the four-time NBA MVP's decision to leave Cleveland for the 16-time champion franchise on the West Coast

It’s official. LeBron is a Laker.

LeBron James signed his new four-year NBA contract worth Sh15 billion with the Los Angeles Lakers calling it a “huge step” for the team.

Lakers announced the signing of LeBron James as a free agent last night, confirming the seismic shift created by the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player’s decision to leave Cleveland for the 16-time champion franchise on the West Coast.

James’ representatives at Klutch Sports Group tweeted a photo of James signing his contract with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.

The Lakers have missed the playoffs in a franchise-record five consecutive seasons, while James has played in the past eight NBA Finals with the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning three titles.

The 33-year-old budding entertainment mogul immediately becomes the focus of the Lakers franchise and a possible foundation for the NBA’s next superteam, depending on whether James and the Lakers can persuade more superstars to join him in the next year or two.

Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, called James “the best player in the world” in a news release.

“He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful,” Johnson said. “The Lakers players are excited to have a teammate who has been to nine NBA Finals. It’s a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals.”

James is coming off one of his greatest NBA seasons, playing in all 82 regular-season games for the Cavaliers while finishing third in the NBA with 27.5 points per game and hitting career highs with 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists. He then carried Cleveland to its fourth consecutive NBA Finals, where the Cavs were swept by Golden State.

Last season, James had a league-high 2,251 total points scored and became the first player in NBA history to accumulate at least 30,000 career points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists. In addition, the 15-year NBA veteran currently holds the longest-ever double-digit scoring streak at 873 games.

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