Magic Johnson's late push swayed LeBron James' move to Los Angeles

LeBron James returns to L.A. to plot his next move

LeBron James has agreed to a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Klutch Sports Group.

Miami did strike a two-year agreement with Derrick Jones Jr., who was on a two-way contract in 2017-18.

James is reportedly unlikely to visit other teams or take an audience with suitors - even the Cavaliers - as he did in past free agent circuits. He had a non-guaranteed $1.5 million deal for the upcoming season with a $1.6 million team option for 2019-20.

One out of two ain't bad. "For now, he says in all caps, 'I LOVE IT'".

The news immediately sent shockwaves through the betting market and the Lakers were at 9/2 to win the title next season when Westgate SuperBook reopened on Sunday.

Getting back to annual title contention, which is a given with James, will be hard.

People also reckon fans in the Eastern Conference, where LeBron has been playing, will also be pleased about the switch.

The four-time MVP and 14-time All-Star leaves Cleveland as the leader in just about every statistical category imaginable, including points, rebounds, assists, steals, and games played.




One of the stars that welcomed James with open arms includes worldwide soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who famously moved to MLS this year to play for the LA Galaxy. On Friday, the team posted a tweet with James, one of his sons and Rams owner Stan Kroenke on the field before a Rams game.

"The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances".

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has chronicled LeBron's career from its pages, and to see the progression over the years from the paper's front page is strangely touching.

A source familiar with the Cavs' thinking said re-signing James is Cleveland's "Plan A, B and C" when it comes to free agency.

LeBron James already linked back up with Dwyane Wade this past season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A couple years later, after word broke that he was leaving, he said goodbye on Instagram.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons".

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