LOS ANGELES – Star forward LeBron James officially joined the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, signing a four-season contract worth $153.3 million.
Leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers after leading in all important stats last season and having completed his promise to take Cleveland to their first NBA title in 2016, James has now officially ended his second stint with his home city.
James’ agents, the Klutch Sports Group, tweeted a photo of James signing his new contract with the Lakers, alongside his agent Rich Paul and the Lakers’ general manager Rob Pelinka.
James’ arrival makes the Lakers one of the strongest teams in the Western conference and prospective title aspirants.
“King” James, 33, has played in nine NBA finals, including the last eight consecutively, and has six titles under his belt, including two with the Miami Heat and one with the Cavaliers.
He would be looking to make history and complete his legacy with another title at the second-most successful franchise in NBA history, with 16 titles – only one less than all-time leaders Boston Celtics.
Lakers’ president of basketball operations, the legendary Earvin “Magic” Johnson, said in a statement that James was the best player in the world.
“He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful,” Johnson said.
“The Lakers players are excited to have a teammate who has been to nine NBA finals. It’s a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals,” he added.
The Lakers also praised James’ contributions to the community and his support for disadvantaged people.
Los Angeles has also signed veteran playmaker Rajon Rondo, shooting guard Lance Stephenson and center JaVale McGee, as well as renewing their contract with shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.