Published: Вт, Июля 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

It’s official: Lakers announce LeBron James has signed

It’s official: Lakers announce LeBron James has signed

Luke Walton will be the seventh coach LeBron James has had in his career when the Los Angeles Lakers take the floor this fall.

The NBA superstar recently signed a four-year, $154 million contract to play for the Lakers.

The photo showed the four-time MVP smiling alongside Klutch Sports' founder Rich Paul and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka. The Lakers are excited to have a team-mate who has gone nine times to the NBA Finals.

After James signed with the Lakers, Magic Johnson and Pelinka both released statements.

He said: "He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful. It's a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals".

The agents revealed July 1, hours after the start of free agency, that James had agreed to terms on the Lakers deal, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers after four seasons in which he led them to four NBA Finals.

Many NBA fans have known for months, nearly a year, that LeBron would be joining the Lakers this summer.

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James, 33, has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in 1,143 career contests. It may seem silly to count that, but coaching James brings a very different dynamic to a job that's hard enough for National Basketball Association coaches. Pelinka said it was an honor that James wanted to join the team.

He also has been named NBA Finals MVP three times. The Lakers have won 16 league championships, but haven't made the playoffs since 2013.

James played in all 82 games last season, tallying a team-high 27.5 points (third in the NBA), acareer-high-tying 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists (second in the NBA) while shooting54.2 percent from the field.

One similarity that the Lakers will be hoping LeBron brings with him to the franchise over the next four years which he had during his time with the Cavaliers and the Miami Heat is his Finals appearances streak.

"However, we know that the work is not over".

James will continue donning the number 23 for the Lakers.

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