LeBron James is leaving Cavs to sign four-year deal with Lakers

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Shortly after James' decision was announced, the Lakers landed free agent swingman Lance Stephenson for one year and $4.5 million, and they re-signed guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $12 million deal, according to multiple media reports.

But Golden State added Kevin Durant in the wake of defeat and beat the Cavs in the past two NBA Finals, their dynasty more than Cleveland could handle, no matter how they assembled talent around James.

Nicknamed "King James", he is possibly the NBA's most dominant player, with countless endorsement deals. If the Lakers make an offer, league sources expect it to be a shorter-term max contract for either one or two seasons.

James was born in Akron, Ohio, moving from apartment to apartment in rough neighborhoods until his mother allowed him to move in with a prep football coach at age 9, when he became exposed to basketball. They're now linked like never before and if James wants to prepare for his eventual life after basketball, who better to learn from than Johnson, who has made a fortune as a business entrepreneur, or Bryant, an Academy Award victor.

When James went to Miami, he was playing alongside all-stars in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Some think his four-year $153.3 million deal ($35.65M next season, then $37.43M, $39.21M and $41M in following years) was the overriding factor.

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He played all 82 games for the first time in his career, and still dragged a mediocre Cavaliers roster to the NBA Finals, where they were swept away by Golden State.

If you purchased the jersey using your American Express card, you can trade in a jersey purchased a year out from James joining the Lakers. The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sport title drought in 2016.

Despite reaching the NBA Finals in each of the last four years, Cleveland's odds of winning the title plummeted from 25/1 to 500/1 after LeBron announced his departure.

The 33-year-old James is coming off a season in which he averaged 27.5 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers, as they stand today without Leonard, are a good team.

With arguably the best player in basketball and one of the top young cores in the league, the Lakers could be heading toward some promising years. He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home.

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