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LeBron James agrees to 4-year contract with Lakers

Philadelphia will not be The King's next realm as Le Bron James agrees to a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. By Eric MullinMore

In 2014 however, he finally returned to his roots and rejoined the Cavaliers where he has been for the past four years.

The Los Angeles Lakers won a grand total of 35 games last season in the NBA's always-tough Western Conference, but guess who just became one of the oddsmakers' favorites to win it all next season?

The Lakers are heard to be offering only one-year deals to maximize their cap space for the summer of 2019.

The Cavs are now faced with a roster that has more than $102 million in guaranteed contracts, and little chance to contend.

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George Hill ($19 million), Tristan Thompson ($17.5 million), JR Smith ($14.7 million) and Jordan Clarkson ($12.5 million) are all due big money next season, and their trade values aren't in a place where the Cavaliers can extract a significant return.

Unlike past free-agent decisions, James wasted no time in announcing his next move. The latter two have partial guarantees on their contracts that season.

He was the difference between annual title contention and residence in Eastern Conference purgatory, and it stands to reason his departure will send Cleveland back into rebuilding mode as the franchise deals with another changing of the guard.

The Cavs played 81 postseason games - one contest shy of an entire regular season - the last four years, winning 55 of them.

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So we rounded up some of the best ones. He was even more prolific in the postseason, with norms of 34 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists, and a.539-.342-.746 shooting line.

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman spoke to both James and Paul on the phone when National Basketball Association free agency officially opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. James helped seal a Game 7 win with a chase-down block of Andre Iguodala, the signature moment of a career that has shown no signs of decay.

A couple years later, after word broke that he was leaving, he said goodbye on Instagram.

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