He fulfilled his promise to bring a championship to northeast OH and, despite losing to the Golden State Warriors in back-to-back NBA Finals, he solidified his reputation as the best player in the league, especially after leading an underwhelming supporting cast to the title series last month, one that ended in a 4-0 sweep in the hands of the Warriors. Needless to say the announcement set off plenty of action from the current crop of young Lakers talent on Twitter. After bolting from Cleveland in 2010, he returned in an emotional homecoming four years later, determined to make the Cavs champions. Because they own his "Bird rights" the Cavs can offer James more money than any other team - a five-year, $207 million deal.
James informed the Cavs on Friday that he was not exercising his $35.6 million option and becoming a free agent. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne got in touch with the Lakers legend on Sunday night after James' decision had been revealed and said little about it, but is clearly excited.
In the end, James believed it was the right situation for him. 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. From there, Los Angeles would have some roster shuffling to do to add a key second piece. Throw in the chance to stay in the familiar Eastern Conference and play for a storied franchise (James has frequently counted Julius Erving and Allen Iverson among his favorite all-time players), and the Sixers would have appeared to be near the top of the list.
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With the Lakers, James will be playing in the Western Conference for the first time and just down the Pacific Coast Highway from the Warriors, the team that has stymied him three times in the past four finals.
They missed out on signing Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George via free agency and have been attempting to talk the San Antonio Spurs into convincing want-away Kawhi Leonard, who is expected to join the Lakers next summer if not this.
LeBron James didn't need a super-team. The East has two prominent, talented teams in the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, but the rest of the conference seems to be a level below the West's best teams. "This will always be home".