LeBron James officially became a Laker on Monday afternoon, signing the four-season, $153.3-million contract he agreed to on July 1 and then posing for a photo with General Manager Rob Pelinka that was posted on the Twitter account of Klutch Sports.
The four-time MVP victor has played in the past eight NBA Finals with the Heat and the Cavs, winning three titles during that period. He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful. "It's a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals". Last season was his first in which he played in all 82 regular-season games, and the eighth in a row in which his team advanced to the NBA Finals (four in Miami before each of the past four seasons in Cleveland).
Two years later, the Lakers have improved by 18 wins and there are championship aspirations with LeBron James' arrival.
The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, who has appeared in eight consecutive NBA Finals.
James, 33, has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in 1,143 career contests.
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While some fans might have expected Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to be chosen for this role, the newlyweds did not make the cut. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose hymns O Jesus, I Have Promised and Lord of All Hopefulness for the ceremony.
They are thrilled at signing the four-time NBA MVP and the man they called the best in the sport. Pelinka said it was an honor that James wanted to join the team.
Heading into the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, Walton is preparing himself to coach James and there is no better way than learning from two head coaches who won championships with him.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers smiles after a play in the second quarter against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.
James will join a promising but unproven core of young players including 20-year-old Lonzo Ball, 22-year-old Kyle Kuzma and 23-year-Josh Hart.
The Lakers already have begun assembling a revamped team around James by acquiring Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson in free agency while retaining guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.