For a whopping $154 million, LeBron James has taken his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal that will last four years.
Image: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James
James, 33, led Cleveland to their NBA Finals but lost to the Golden State Warriors in a dramatic fashion despite averaging a season record of 27.5 points per game.
According to Klutch Sports, Lakers are hoping to pair James with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, including any other quality arrival currently under negotiations.
‘It is the right decision for James,’ Cris Cwik of Yahoo Sports acknowledged. ‘It’s even more appreciated that Lakers are one of NBA’s premier franchises.’
James will take away a net salary of $35 million every season. The incremental wages will reach $41 million in his fourth year with Lakers, ESPN’s Bobby Marks said.
Here is the breakdown for the LeBron James contract with the Los Angeles Lakers: $35.65M, $37.43M, $39.21M and $41M. He is not eligible for a no trade clause. https://t.co/mA0GyBP4xc
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 2, 2018
Kobe Bryant will have a lot to say about LeBron in due time. For now, he says in all caps, “I LOVE IT.”
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 2, 2018
Former NBA rival Kobe Bryant expressed joy for James’ arrival, saying “Welcome to the family…”
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 2, 2018
LeBron left a thank you message for Cavs fans on his IG story.
📸: kingjames | Instagram pic.twitter.com/qPQL7lBReN
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) July 2, 2018