The best player in the world is taking his talents out west.
According to ESPN, LeBron James has signed a four-year, $153.3 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’ll be trying to win Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy number 17 for the franchise and move the Lakers into a tie with the Boston Celtics for the most NBA titles in history.
The deal takes James away from his hometown team for the second time in his career, a move sure to attract plenty of criticism after the 33-year-old four-time MVP voiced his intentions four years ago to end his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Moreover, in 2016 James made good on his promise to bring the city a championship, its first in 52 years.
James thanked Cleveland and its fans in an Instagram post Sunday.
“Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons,” he wrote in a text message overlaying an image from the Cavaliers’ 2016 victory parade. “This will always be home.”
Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert thanked James in a heartfelt statement.
“Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio,” Gilbert said. “None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line …”