UPDATE: Monday July 10:00 P.M.
And it’s official. LeBron had verbally agreed to a 4-Year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers but didn’t sign the paperwork until today. James’ representatives at Klutch Sports Group posted a picture of the King signing his hefty contract, alongside his agent, Rich Paul, and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on Instagram.
Hollywood LeBron James is officially in full effect.
After opting out of the last year of his Cleveland Cavalier contract, the decision part 3 is in the books as James is headed to Los Angeles to don the purple and yellow as a Laker. Leaving his hometown won’t surprise many, as he dragged his team to the finals this year but couldn’t get the job done alone. He’d been quoted as saying he wanted to play with others that had high basketball IQs and after the JR Smith blunder, it was clear that a change needed to be made.
In taking his talents to the West Coast, James has signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Lakers, signaling that he’s in it for the long haul. After all, this is the second longest contract he’s signed since taking his talents to South Beach and winning two championships with the Miami Heat in 2010. The decision was made quietly through his agency, Klutch Sports Group instead of a boastful announcement. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the fourth year of the Laker contract is a player option.
King James promised he’d bring a championship to his city after a 52-year drought and he certainly delivered in 2016 when he made history by beating the 73-9 Golden State Warriors. The two teams would meet again in the finals for two more years, but with the addition of Kevin Durant, the Warriors dominated and won three of the four matchups. James took to Instagram to thank his city, with his message reading, “Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home.”
The Western Conference just got a lot more interesting with in-state rivals both vying for titles.