James chose to become a free agent after his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in which he made good on his promise to bring a championship title to what is essentially his home town, having grown up in Akron, Ohio.
"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons", said James on his Instagram account. "This will always be home". After one year with the Thunder, George liked the organization enough to re-sign there on a four-year deal instead of joining the Lakers.
Their 35 wins last season were their most since 2012-13, leaving uncertainty about what this team is capable of doing even after signing one of the best players in National Basketball Association history.
The four-time MVP will soon don the same jersey as other legendary National Basketball Association players like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and many others.
That mission was accomplished when the Cavaliers won the 2016 crown with James in the starring role as Cleveland celebrated a sports champion for the first time in 52 years.
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However, he had endured frustration with the Cleveland Cavaliers, culminating in last month's clean sweep defeat to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. As it had been with the release of Tyler Ulis, the writing was on the wall for some time that LeBron was taking his talents to Will Rogers Beach in Los Angeles.
When James said he was coming back to the Cavs, he promised a championship, and he delivered on that promise, and Cavs fans seem to be forever grateful.
The 33-year-old superstar announced via his agency he has agreed to a $154million contract with the Lakers.
"While I couldn't be more excited to join the Los Angeles Lakers, I first need to thank Pacer Nation for all of the love and support over the years", Stephenson wrote on social media. 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.
With a roster that looked incapable of knocking off Golden State, he was widely believed to be headed to L.A., where he owns two homes and has a burgeoning production company, SpringHill Entertainment. But now the Lakers, who didn't make the playoffs in 2017-18, will be a major force to be reckoned with in a conference already full of great players and contending teams.