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LeBron inks 4 year $154M deal with Lakers, Lance Stephenson joins

UPDATE: Per sources, Lance Stephenson has agreed to a deal with the Lakers.

LeBron James is going to the West Coast.

James has agreed to a 4-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, Klutch Sports Group announced on Sunday, ending weeks, if not months, of speculation as to where he would take his talents this time around.

James’ move to the Lakers comes four years after he went back home to Cleveland, where he had stated his intention to finish his career with the Cavaliers.

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James thanked his home area in an Instagram story. Saying in text overlaying a photo from the Cavs’ 2016 NBA title victory parade, “Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home.”

According to 4th And Truth, the deal was done on Friday morning.

The four-time MVP and fourteen-time All Star certainly left his mark in his city, whether or not he chooses to finish his NBA career in Cleveland.

NBA Championship odds updated:

Warriors 10/11
Celtics 7/2
Lakers 7/2
Rockets 7/1
76ers 14/1
Spurs 50/1
Thunder 60/1
Raptors 60/1
Jazz 80/1
Trail Blazers 100/1
Pelicans 100/1
Timberwolves 100/1
Nuggets 100/1
Bucks 100/1
Wizards 100/1
Pacers 100/1
Heat 300/1
Cavaliers 500/1

He delivered the first championship to the sports-obsessed city in 52 years and did it with storybook gusto, helping the Cavaliers become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win it all. The team he took down, the Golden State Warriors, had the best regular season record in league history at 73-9. And James put his stamp on Game 7 with one of the most memorable defensive plays in the history of the sport, chasing down Andre Iguodala to block the Warriors forward from behind in a tied ballgame, erasing a go-ahead layup.

It’s sure to be one of the most cherished defensive sequences that basketball will ever see and it led to James bellowing into Doris Burke’s microphone, “Cleveland, this is for you!”

James leaves the franchise as its leader in nearly every major statistical category: games played, points, rebounds, assists and steals. And if 2017-18 was his final act in Cleveland, what a show he put on, playing in all 82 games for the first time in his 15-year career and capping that off with a postseason performance as personally dominant as any playoff run he’s ever been a part of.

Now latest reports are indicating that Kawhi Leonard is no longer interested in joining the Lakers due to the signing of LeBron. In order for LeBron to succeed in LA, he needs more. A lot more, or he will not make it out of the Western Conference Finals against an absolutely star studded Golden State Warriors squad.

 

STORY WILL BE UPDATED AS NEWS DEVELOPS

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