LeBron inks four-year contract with Lakers

LeBron inks four-year contract with Lakers

But before James and Co. went public with the news via a simple Instagram post, the three-time champion sent an even simpler text to Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.

"This is a historic moment for the Lakers, and we could not feel more grateful and honoured", he said. The Lakers have won 11 championships while based in Los Angeles since 1960-61, adding to the five they won when they called Minneapolis home.

And we, happily, all know how that turned out. "We will continue forward and do all that is necessary to achieve our shared obsession of bringing banner No. 17 to the world's best fans - Lakers Nation".

The Lakers tweeted an image of James wearing the team's purple and gold jersey with his name and number, 23, on the back and the city lights of Los Angeles in the background plus "The King has arrived" as a caption.

The 33-year-old budding entertainment mogul immediately becomes the focus of the Lakers franchise and a possible foundation for the NBA's next superteam, depending on whether James and the Lakers can persuade more superstars to join him in the next year or two.

The Lakers did not wish to speak publicly about their deal with James until Monday, however.

James is not expected to attend, however, and is not expected to speak publicly about his decision until a charity event in OH later this month.

"I think they considered us very strongly", Harris said of James's representatives while talking to reporters on Monday at the Las Vegas Summer League, as reported by ESPN. This has brought forth a different territory for Walton to coach with James given what he brings to the table that requires a specialized type of coaching style.

Last season, James averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds and led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their 4th straight finals appearance since his return in 2014.

The 15-year National Basketball Association veteran became the first National Basketball Association with 30,000 career points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.

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