LeBron James and Lakers agree to 4-year deal

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"The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team...." This is a match made in hoop and hoopla heaven.

When the free agency period begins on Sunday morning, LeBron James or any of his representatives will not have an in-person meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers officials, according to a report by ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Woj also dropped the bomb that, despite talks between San Antonio and Los Angeles cooling in recent days, Kawhi Leonard still remains hell-bent on becoming a Laker next season as well, lining the Lakers up to suddenly springboard back into title contention. But there are no guarantees, and surprisingly, it seems that James is okay with that.

There appear to be five teams seriously chasing LeBron in free agency. Perhaps. Maybe the Lakers don't nab another star this offseason, and that team becomes a younger version of last year's Cavs: LeBron and a bunch of dudes (although Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball certainly have the potential to become stars, someday). Their winning percentage over the past half decade:.307.

Philly last won an NBA Championship in 1983, a year before James was even born. Clint Capela and others with six years or less in the league can make a max salary of $25.25 million for the 2018-19 season. Well, let's not go that far just yet. James helped seal a Game 7 win with a chase-down block of Andre Iguodala, the signature moment of a career that has shown no signs of decay.

The simple statement released by Klutch Sports is a stark contrast to how James has handled his previous moves.

It all adds up to James bypassing the Sixers for the land of purple and gold.

James' postseason performance was also one for the ages. And the Lakers have lured another superstar to town. They got their guy. In the past, they have been big men: Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dwight Howard.

James' media ventures that include everything from product endorsements to running his own production company take place in Los Angeles. James eliminates the perception that L.A. has lost its desirability. Heck, he might have a hard time getting to the conference finals because that means going through Golden State or Houston.

James, the 33-year-old four-time league MVP and three-time National Basketball Association champion, was expected to make a quick decision on his future after opting out of his contract with the Cavaliers on Friday. He will be a Laker until Father Time finds him. If James is able to lead the Lakers to their first title since 2010, he would become just the third player in National Basketball Association history to win championships with three separate franchises.

Many expected LeBron James would leave the Cavaliers. He was named the NBA's most valuable player in 2009 and 2010 and controversially moved to Miami in 2010.

The Cavs, on the other hand, have been mostly operating in the dark.

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