With LeBron, Lakers suddenly a betting favorite

James has won championships at Miami and Cleveland

Shortly after James' decision was announced, the Lakers landed free agent swingman Lance Stephenson for one year and $4.5 million, and they re-signed guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $12 million deal, according to multiple media reports.

His choice to go to Los Angeles on a four-year deal and to act so quickly in free agency is the only insight we'll have into his thinking for the moment as he's chose to put off making any comments until July 30 when he makes his next scheduled public appearance at the opening of his "I Promise" school in Akron, a legacy project that says more about his commitment to his hometown and Northeastern Ohio than leading the Cavaliers to the 2016 National Basketball Association title ever did. Paul George reportedly made it known a year ago that he planned on joining the Lakers this summer, so the Indiana Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

U.S. media reports said the Lakers move was sealed following a meeting late Saturday between James and the team's president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson.

James' agency later broke the news that he was heading to Los Angeles, an iconic franchise that has won 16 National Basketball Association titles but is in the rebuilding process at the moment after a losing record for five consecutive seasons. It would be the second time in their careers that the two linked up in free agency. The team was projected to have a little under $50 million to hand out.

McGee and the Lakers reached agreement on a one-year deal worth the minimum, league sources told ESPN.

James will make $25.65 million next season.

LeBron informed the Lakers of his decision late on Sunday night.

Kawhi still wants to be a Laker after LeBron signing
In fact, James might not even speak with top team officials before making a decision on his destination for next season. Leonard wants a trade to the Lakers now, and he has expressed his desire to sign with them in free agency in 2019.

"None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the Promised Land".

In 2014 however, he finally returned to his roots and rejoined the Cavaliers where he has been for the past four years. They were 48-11 against Eastern Conference clubs in the playoffs. He was even more prolific in the postseason, with norms of 34 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists, and a.539-.342-.746 shooting line.

James and the Cavaliers have been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015.

James led the Cavaliers to a NBA Championship in 2016, when they upset the Warriors and shocked the world after being down 3-1 in the best of seven series.

Afterward, James yelled, "Cleveland, this is for you", into Doris Burke's microphone.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons", said James on his Instagram account.

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