LeBron James signs a four-year deal
eBron has been signed. It’s happened. LeBron James has left the Cavaliers and will be wearing purple and gold for the next four years. It’s the longest deal James has signed since inking a six-year contract with the Miami Heat in 2010.
Cleveland reportedly operated this past month as though James leaving was inevitable. It only wasn’t until a Saturday morning phone call with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert that their breakup became “Facebook official,” per league sources.
Klutch Sports announced on Twitter that LeBron James has agreed to a four-year $153.3 million deal with the Lakers, where he will try to bring the storied franchise another championship. The announcement was low-key compared to his last two decisions, but his plans are now bigger than ever. LeBron will continue building his empire in his spare time, but that does not mean he will leave Ohio behind.
LeBron expressed his gratitude on Instagram and showed that his connection will hold for a lifetime. He wrote;
“Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons, This will always be home.”
Similarly, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert expressed his gratitude to LeBron.
“LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line …”
James leaves the Cavaliers franchise as its leader in nearly every major statistical category: games played, points, rebounds, assists and steals. And now, he is going to a young, raw roster that hasn’t made the playoffs for five seasons. The Lakers will benefit greatly by signing LeBron. But it goes both ways, as the Lakers ultimately provide LeBron with a world of upside: the chance to win another title with his third team in a news conference in a new era while guiding the most popular basketball franchise in the world back to the top of the league. L.A.’s implications on LeBron’s legacy far exceeds anything else he would have achieved in any other city.