LeBron James officially signs four-year deal with Lakers
It is now official. LeBron James is a member of the Los Angeles Lakers after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of the four-time MVP’s signing.
Agent: LeBron James has signed his four-year, $153M deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 10, 2018
For added proof that such transaction occurred, here is LeBron James pictured in the middle with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka during the signing of the massive contract.
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 10, 2018
This is not a shock at all, as the surprise was already provided last week when James announced that he’s leaving Cleveland for Hollywood.
With James now a proud member of the second-winningest franchise in NBA history, the Lakers have restored their status as a legitimate title contender. James’ arrival comes after the Lakers failing to reach the postseason in any of the past five seasons. The team finished with a 35-47 record in the 2017-18 campaign, thus extending their streak of losing seasons to five as well.
James will take over most of the on-court duties for the Lakers after making it to the NBA Finals eight consecutive times, winning three NBA titles in the process.
Despite the addition of LeBron James, the Lakers are not instantly favored to win the Western Conference, as that designation remains reserved for the Golden State Warriors, whose addition of DeMarcus Cousins also this summer stole some thunder from James’ transition to Los Angeles.
In any case, the Lakers are expected to do better with James running things on the court.
Last season, James stitched together an incredible stat line of 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 9.1 assists in 82 games while also shooting 54.2 percent from the floor.