LeBron James’ next NBA chapter will be set on the West Coast as he will be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $153.3 million contract. He will try to bring the storied franchise another championship.
The announcement was made through his agency, Klutch Sports Group, which announced the deal as $154 million.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the fourth year is a player option. It’s the longest deal James has signed since inking a six-year contract with the Miami Heat in 2010. His previous three deals were three years or shorter.
James’s destination, then, was not entirely surprising, but the timing and manner in which he made his next stop known were certainly unexpected. Through a short news release issued by his agents at Klutch Sports on the first night of N.B.A. free agency, James announced at 8:05 p.m. that he would sign a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers.