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King James ended speculation about where he will play next season by inking a massive four-year, $154-million contract with the Lakers.

The explosion of Lakers ticket interest should come as no surprise to anyone who followed James' two stints in Cleveland.

In addition to the Pelicans and Warriors, Dwight Howard is interested in returning to the Lakers, according to Sam Amick.

Preorders for new Lakers LeBron James jerseys were robust enough on Sunday night to give retailer Fanatics one of its top 10 sales days in terms of National Basketball Association gear sold, a spokesman for the company told ESPN.

However, he had endured frustration with the Cleveland Cavaliers, culminating in last month's clean sweep defeat to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Following James' announcement that he'll be joining the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, some fans began flocking to the billboard to take pictures with it before its inevitable removal.


Six-time National Basketball Association champion Jordan defined an era with the Chicago Bulls, but glory in LA - and a title with a third different team - could well give James an edge.

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

James' departure didn't cause the big uproar in Cleveland it once did - maybe his fulfilled promise of bringing the a championship title back to the city had something to do with that.

In a short statement, he said on Instagram: "Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons".

For all the grief Love catches, never forget he signed a maximum contract extension with the Cavaliers the second he became a free agent. The team from OH made a number of trades at this past year's trade deadline, drafted Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft and have most of its core outside of James, of course, locked up.

He won't come at almost the same price as other top trade targets such as Kawhi Leonard, and given the Cavs poor cap situation, the Bulls would have a ton of leverage in any trade talks.


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