The best memes about LeBron James leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles

Fredrick Soto
July 3, 2018

Their night started by the news that LeBron James has made a decision to join the Lakers on a four-year, $154 million deal, followed by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agreeing to re-sign the Lakers on a one-year, $12 million deal.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons".

With James no longer a Cavalier, Cleveland's odds of winning the National Basketball Association title fell all the way to 500-1, putting them alongside the dregs of the league like the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings.

Bryant's $1.38 million contract for next season would have become fully guaranteed next week. It is also not yet known whether James will meet with the Cavaliers later down the line.

But for now, the Lakers have secured free agency's most coveted player. The Knicks and Clippers were also mentioned but James opted for Los Angeles, now run by former Lakers great Magic Johnson.

The Lakers were considered one of the favorites to land James this offseason.

James and the Cavaliers have been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015.

Representatives from the team will meet today with James' agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the plans told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

LeBron James is officially off to Los Angeles, and stars from far and wide have been expressing their excitement over his arrival ever since.

James isn't expected to drag his choice out over several days. If LeBron can take this Lakers team to the Finals in the next two years, he's probably going to be facing Kyrie Irving and the Celtics in a series that will split the earth in half. 3.

Afterward, James yelled, "Cleveland, this is for you", into Doris Burke's microphone.

The Cavs, on the other hand, have been mostly operating in the dark.

According to ESPN, the fourth year of his contract is a player option.

Many have already wondered what the NBA Finals might look like without James taking on the Warriors every year.

Moghavem pointed out the Lakers' decades-old tradition of "poaching" franchise players - bringing in Wilt Chamberlain from Philadelphia, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from Milwaukee, Shaquille O'Neal from Orlando and now James from Cleveland.

James will wear No. 23 for his new team, according to photos posted on the official National Basketball Association store.

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