Mercifully not as drawn out as the infamous ‘Decision’ of 2010, when the world was treated to an hour-long TV special simply to wait for the utterance of two little worlds, global basketball superstar LeBron James has decided to sign for the 16-time NBA champions, the LA Lakers putting and end to his time as small forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second tenure.
James has become a free agent after four years back in Ohio, and utilised a player option within his contract which he used to opt out of a final year with the Cavs.
Speculation has been mounting considerably in the off-season that California would be his next destination and this morning it was confirmed that James will be playing in the gold and purple in the forthcoming season and seemingly ending an association with Cleveland that totals over a decade.
His previous spell in The Forest City came between 2003 and 2010, before his move to Miami Heat where he accumulated back-to-back Championships in a team also composed of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Upon returning to the Cavs in 2014, James dragged the team to their first Championship in over half a century, as he picked up his third ring.
The four-time NBA MVP moves to a Lakers side who haven’t appeared in a Finals in 8 years with the series going on to be dominated by the Heat and then the burgeoning rivalry between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
James ends his time in Cleveland having taken them to four successive Finals against the Warriors, but have suffered crushing defeat in the last two.
The numbers for James’ deal with the Lakers are staggering.
Over the four years LeBron will collect an incredible $154million, equating to $38.5 million a year, or $740,000 per week.
To put this into context, Lionel Messi, widely considered as the greatest player in football, has a current deal with Barcelona that is worth £500,000, or just under $660,000 per week.
Even Zlatan Ibrahimovic, newly signed from Manchester United to Los Angeles Galaxy, has come out to jump on the bandwagon and proclaim that The City Of Angels now has a God and a King.