LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers

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LeBron picks the Lakers: Jeff Skversky reports on Action News at 11 p.m., July 1, 2018. (WPVI)

Those hoping LeBron James would be joining the 76ers got some disappointing news on Sunday night.

LeBron James is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time to join one of the NBA's most iconic franchises.

James' agency made the announcement Sunday in a release, saying he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract.

Despite hard-fought campaigns by Sixers fans as well as team management, James did not choose Philadelphia for the next step in his career.

The game's best all-around player and biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding but will instantly rise with James.
This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams. He returned to the Cavs in 2014 after four seasons in Miami.

James isn't planning any more comments and there won't be a welcoming press conference or celebration in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his plans said Sunday night on the condition of anonymity. James will make his next public comments on July 30 in Akron when he opens a public school started by his family foundation.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in Ohio, and although he's leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.

The Lakers are continuing to court other big-name free agents this summer.
While Paul George elected to stay in Oklahoma City, the Lakers still have their eye on a possible trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs for Southern California native Kawhi Leonard, who has indicated he wants to play for his hometown team.

DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans is also a big free agent that the Lakers have contacted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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