Lebron James is officially a Laker now. After reports surfaced last week that he would be taking talents out West to play for the purple & gold, the Cleveland legend officially signed his 4-year, $154 million dollar contract on Monday.
Lakers’ GM, Rob Pelinka met with James at what looks to be his home out in Los Angeles to sign the contract and make things official. “This is a historic moment for the Lakers, and we could not feel more grateful and honored,” Pelinka said. “When LeBron James – a perennial NBA MVP and champion who is playing at the most astonishing levels of his career – chooses to join the Lakers, it serves as the ultimate validation for what we are building here. However, we all know that the work is not yet done. We will continue forward and do all that is necessary to achieve our shared obsession of bringing banner No. 17 to the world’s best fans – Lakers Nation.”
Pelinka wasn’t the only one ecstatic about the acquisition. Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson also made a statement on Monday, saying it’ a great day for Lakers’ fans & organization.
“Today is a great day for the Lakers organization and Lakers fans all over the world to welcome LeBron James, a three-time NBA Champion and four-time NBA MVP,” Magic said. “LeBron is special. He is the best player in the world. He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful. The Lakers players are excited to have a teammate who has been to nine NBA Finals. It’s a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals.”
Rob Pelinka is scheduled to have an official press conference on Wednesday to discuss the free agent signings.