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On Sunday, LeBron's representatives, Klutch Sports Group, confirmed in a statement that the four-time MVP agreed a four-year deal worth $154 million with the Lakers, meaning he will leave Cleveland for the second time in his career.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons".

The fact the Lakers are second-favorite to win the title next season is even more remarkable considering they last became NBA champions in 2010, also the past year in which they reached the NBA Finals.

James informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option.

After the Westgate re-opened betting on the title yesterday after stopping as free agency tipped off, the Lakers had 9-2 odds thanks to the addition of LeBron James.

Many around the league expected George to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Um, I did, I did, "James told GQ in an in-depth interview last summer when he was asked if Gilbert's first letter was racial".

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James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive years.

Free agency is here and the rush is on to pitch LeBron James - or at least his representatives.

James, who became a free agent on 1 July, is widely considered the best basketball player in the world.

He could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again.

The Lakers have retired 16 numbers over the course of their storied history, but luckily for James, No. 23 isn't one of them.

That improvement could come in the form of Kawhi Leonard, who still wants out of San Antonio and particularly for the Spurs to trade him to one of the two Los Angeles teams. But the All-Star forward opted to stick with the Thunder and will sign a four-year deal when teams are permitted to finalize contracts on June 6.

But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since. The game's best all-around player and biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding but will instantly rise with James. The Lakers can afford to be patient in building the team, even if James wasn't on board.