Kawhi Leonard committed to playing for Lakers after LeBron signing

Kawhi Leonard committed to playing for Lakers after LeBron signing

LeBron James is to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year $154 million deal, his agents said Sunday, ending months of frenzied speculation about the National Basketball Association superstar's next career move.

LeBron James has signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. James' second go-around with his home-state Cavaliers resulted in four appearances in the NBA Finals and one championship ― a comeback from a 3 games to 1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in 2016.

Only on this occasion James leaves two years after delivering the city's first championship in more than 52 years, and with Cavs fans wishing him well and thanking him for an incredible run.

The Lakers are also continuing their pursuit of Kawhi Leonard to add another superstar to pair with James.

Some had expected the move to Los Angeles, where the OH native owns two homes.

Whether they land Leonard or not, having James in a market like LA is the ultimate recruiting tool to bring other star players aboard.

James' four-year, $154 million contract will net him over $35 million each season, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.

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That comes following a season in which he played in just 18 games across three teams. That's $38.5 million per season.

Durant's move means the Warriors not only got to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility in the deal since he could have gotten more money had the deal been structured differently.

"Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness", wrote Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Twitter. He chose to be a Laker for what will probably be the four last great years of his career to win championships.

The team can pair James - and whoever else might be coming - with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. The family has two homes in California and James' oldest son, LeBron James Jr., has always been rumored to be taking his own talents to basketball powerhouse Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California.

Getting back to annual title contention, which is a given with James, will be hard.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported James flew into Los Angeles prior to the start of free agency.

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