Dynasty maker LeBron James agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers hours after he became a free agent on July 1. The 33-year-old, 6 ft. 8 in. power forward agreed to a 4-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers on Sunday.

A few more details have to be ironed out, but the former Cleveland Cavalier could sign a new contract as early as Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Lebron's contract includes an opt out clause after the 3rd year.

In contrast to LeBron's much-hyped televised "South Beach" announcement in 2000, LeBron's agent issued a short press release announcing LeBron's new deal on Sunday.

LeBron, whose government name is LeBron Raymone James Sr., will join former Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee and former Indiana Pacers guard/forward Lance Stephenson, who signed a one-year deal with the Lakers on Sunday.

Sports analysts predicted LeBron would land in Houston, Philadelphia, or even Boston with his former teammate Kyrie Irving, but the overwhelming bookmaker odds favored Los Angeles. LeBron already owns a home in Brentwood and he was seen arriving at Van Nuys Airport in the hours before he became a free agent.

Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson sealed the deal during a late night meeting at LeBron's Brentwood mansion on Saturday. The Hall of Famer is putting together a dynasty that already includes Lakers superstar guard Lonzo Ball (pictured left) to take on the defending champs Golden State. Speculation is rampant that Magic will sign San Antonio Spurs' holdout Kawhi Leonard, 27.

Rumors that Oklahoma Thunder guard Paul George was heading home to Los Angeles were dashed when he re-signed with the Thunder.

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  • Blaque Mahogany

    I love Lebron,

    I don't really like the Lakers.

    I don't know enough about sports to know if this is a good decision or if this will help him win another ring. But good luck, bro.

  • Mints

    If he wins a championship in the west, Lebron>Jordan

  • RespectSelf

    This is bitter sweet for me. I'm here for the Lakers, but I've become a Steph fan. They can't both make it to the finals. This is really shaking things up. Folks are going to have to move around just to have a fighting chance.

  • BOSS

    Prediction: WARRIORS CHAMPS 2018-2019! ?

  • RespectSelf

    I mean he has been in the finals 8 years in a row on 2 different teams. We shall see.

  • R in NYC

    And Golden State still gonna beat that azz.

  • sunni_daze

    So when GSW beats the Lakers will he be jumping ship yet again?

  • Missy

    154 million...Gahhh damn! all i got.

  • iWasteTime

    Is Lance going to blow more than his ear now ??!!

  • Roxie Moxie

    Did they burn his old jersey yet?

  • iWasteTime

    Nah, they've been pretty nice, they wanted a championship and he delivered.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lord... lol

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Lol probably not, but you never know

  • Roxie Moxie

    I was gonna say. I didn't see any outcry this time either (like last time). Hopefully, this is a good decision for him in the long run! He playing with that Ball kid? *side eye*

  • iWasteTime

    lol
    All I thought about when they announced him!
    "isn't he the dude that blow on folk during the game"
    Mister hit me with the ...
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5d1ce058a4c69416d4f896f1705116eaa1f5177b8ae7fd4a84bba9f81fb83b01.png

  • JV
  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I like this move. He'd probably have a better chance of winning a title if he had chosen Houston, but this is still a good move for him.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Lol I busted out laughing when I saw the news...he is hilarious to watch

  • Marlika

    I haven’t been a Lakers fan since they signed Kobe’s punk ass. ? I like Lebron but I’m going be a fan from a distance at this point.

    Definitely not a fan of the ugly Ball family at all! I bet Pappy Ball is pissed. He was specting his other boy to get signed to the Lakers??

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    I became a First time Ever Lakers Fan when Lebron joined the team. Let's Go!!!!

  • what?why

    Did LeBron hand pick the other two, so he can control his fame?

  • morenYAHdelsur

    JaVaaaaaale McGee ??

    He’s so funny to me. Just falling up and down the court. Let’s go JaVale!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I was NOT surprised at all. Best wishes to him and his family. At least I got to WITNESS this one time https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d41a3990ad718178800183fc603169b8abdb4ad290f9ffc372ade0a261fa4674.jpg

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Just Beautiful

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Yes it was historic.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    The blow was too cutie. I Still Remember LeBron's eyes rolling, iiiiihaaaa!!!

  • KcoolMuziq

    I welcome Lebron(Whom I worked with ) to Los Angeles.He's often called a cry baby. Because he leaves teams after he can no longer obtain a championship with them.But he knows how to get the job done.

    Kudos to Magic Johnson for being instrumental in making this happen.
    My hero.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    I know, most of us Won't see, no matter what job We work!!!

  • GuestSTAR

    I live in the Bay Area and while I probably should've been team Warriors during the finals, I didn't care if LeBron or Curry won, I like both.

  • Dasright

    I was really hoping he'd pick Houston, thought it was a better pick. I'm still on the fence about the Lakers ?????

  • RespectSelf

    Yup they are both good. I'll be rooting for both, but deep down I want Lebron to get another ring so he can make his haters real mad lol

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Same here. But with James, I'm a First year Lakers fan!!!

  • Liah

    Good Job Lebron

  • abby500

    I always thought it going to be LA. That was an early prediction.

  • Fire & Ice

    Ikr...Chilllllld I screamed upstairs and asked my son last night,if he wants to play basketball ???

  • justlooking

    Congrats to Black Millionaires. This is growth and progression to their careers, you can never question that. All the best to each of them.

  • AmericanDream

    Lebron has a house in LA and plus he loves the attention :

  • Blaque Mahogany

    You. Know. Everybody.

    Everybody.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Dang so for like 20 years ??? Not a short while ago, but a couple decades?

    Idk why that cracks me up LOL.

  • TOO REAL

    This team means what AGAINST THE WARRIORS. REALLY

  • FukkFolks2018

    Im not sure what the end result of this is supposed to be. If Bron couldnt pull off being a one man show enough to parlay that into a championship this year...what tf is he supposed to do with a Lakers team that has even LESS talent on it that the team he is leaving? All of this mess is for naught. The Lakers will keep on sucking and James will keep on being the be all to end all for every team he is on. I dont even like Bron but lets call a thing a thing here. He is the prototype and the standout.

  • Logan Roberts

    Loves ? Lebron. Typical Capricorn always do what's best for us, love to prove folks wrong & always a leader.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    They still have enough salary cap space to grab 1 other major free agent. If they get Demarcus Cousins or Kawhi Leonard, that would probably make them one of the 3 best teams in the West right away.
    And the Warriors will salary cap issues of their own after this season. They wont have enough money to pay everybody, so it wont be the same Warriors juggernaut after this season.

  • Django the God

    New Orleans

  • Django the God

    Homey might get benched.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    True. Lebron's management team's had a blueprint that's been pretty successful so far.
    Between salary and endorsements, he's about to cross the $1billion dollar mark in total career earnings. I can easily see him being a sports team owner one day, on that Magic Johnson & M.Jordan level.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'd trade him plus a 1st round draft pick for Kawhi Leonard.

  • MsPam

    + 1 millon times

  • KcoolMuziq

    Two houses!

  • Coy little wink

    I read he's worth 400 mil...I hope its more...

  • Coy little wink

    Girl..sweet memories....I was there!

  • MsPam

    He’s a nobody that knows everybody.

  • Django the God

    You're probably onto something.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sounds about right, after taxes and expenses. But his gross career earning just passed the $1 billion mark.
    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2784089-lebron-james-net-worth-career-earnings-eclipses-1-billion

  • Django the God

    Savannah coming out here for the weed.

  • Coy little wink

    South beach decision was in 2010 not 2000...do better Auntie

  • Vegas1989

    He should have stayed in Cleveland to help develop the young players there....The L. A Fakers aren't going to the playoff this year, nor next year, nor the third year or LaBron 4th year...I'm really depressed that he went to the Fakers...I'm not a Faker Fan...I have to stay low key here at work because the Faker Fans are coming after me.....I should have called in sick this whole week...LOL

  • Django the God

    Yikes

  • Coy little wink

    Do better Django ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    So Bron gon be makin tween 38/39 million a year. Vanna is one lucky wife. Good luck to Bron and his fam. I do belevve the lakers will win a championship,however not in the upcoming season.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I think he just lost faith in the Cavs ownership. He's a all-time-great talent (arguably top 5 of all time), and yet the organization has struggled to consistently put good talent around him. At some point you have to choose an organization that you trust to do whats best for your career. And clearly he felt the Lakers were a better fit for that.

  • Django the God

    LOL. She tired of smokin on the sneak tip.

    https://youtu.be/yQ3CENgG9fk

  • Coy little wink
  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Not even in 10 lifetimes.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I liked this just because I love this gif.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    How do you know that wasn't a Marlboro? :-)

  • Django the God

    It was a Marlboro inside of a blunt.

  • Coy little wink

    He and Dan Gilbert do not get along...that's a big reason why right there

  • Vegas1989

    I can understand where you are coming from. But with the young guys, Nance, Clarkson, and Osman they could have learned from him. And Hood and Green step up a whole lot..JR Smith wasn't his best this year. I really think that they could have a victory in 2019 with the team that they have

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    And I always respected the fact that he chose to marry a true black woman, a real sista... Not the usual racially ambiguous/biracial/latina or other non-black woman a lot of these star athletes choose to go with.

  • justlooking

    No Doubt, he is halfway THERE!!!!
    STOCKS, INVESTMENTS, ADVISORS...SPEND LESS SAVE MORE.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    U only watch the Finals. You have NO idea how pro ball goes

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I had to hide my grandson after but yes it was historic.

  • Pnthr

    All you bandwagon fans don't bring your b.s. to the Laker fan base.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Arguably top 5? Yall gotta stick to LHH and Real wives gossip. Yall clearly are going off tweets and casual sports convos!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    There are people who know basketball way more than you or me, who've said they consider LeBron to be a top-5 all time talent.
    Nothing to argue over though. If you dont agree, you dont agree. No biggie.

  • Yui

    I live in Cleveland. This city is dirty and whack. The only reason it is coz of corrupt/lazy politicians, simple minded citizens who hate change, and mishandled funds. The unfortunate part is, this place could be so much more but the folks here are backwards. Not all, but the majority, yes.

  • Missy

    Okkk. Put dwn the book & gt this basketball. JK.?

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    And if they lose? What about the Ball kid? Is he still on the team? Wow! Dad is either glad that Lebron is joining or mad as hell because it takes away attention from the Ball kid.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    The move was going to happen anyway, bec. his company is on the west coast.

  • Dun Dilly

    L.A. BRON ... nothin left to do but bring it to Lala baby.

  • Karen Brady

    mad as hell because it takes away attention from the Ball kid. THIS.

  • Karen Brady

    LMAO

  • Karen Brady

    THIS!!. Even if he creeps with them (which I hope not!)

  • Karen Brady

    lol

  • Karen Brady

    That's what I said. Lebron been setting this up. That man is HOLLYWOOD now.

  • Karen Brady

    I have to stay low key here at work because the Faker Fans are coming after me. *Crine*

  • Karen Brady

    *chuckles*

  • free

    when i saw his post, i was waiting for your comment LOLOLOL!!!

  • free

    little known fact: he worked with the serpent back in the garden of eden days.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Rofl

  • ChocolateChick84

    AMAZING! You witnessed history and greatness. A win-win!

  • MsPam

    Yep I like to jump on him like flies on ?

  • Dahl

    Lance Stephenson is just the right amount of kookoo that makes him worth watching...
    https://giphy.com/gifs/ear-x5wlLBouUfoIM

  • Vegas1989

    I visited but really didn't get the chance to explore the city like I wanted to. I know that they have had issues but I didn't know that the politicians were so corrupt there. But I heard that LaBron had and was doing things for the city.

  • Karen Brady

    *HOLLERED*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Coy little wink

    He does things for Akron...his hometown. Cleveland is poor city like Detroit...economically depressed and the weather sucks...I'd take my talents elsewhere too if I were him..

  • ???TheRider???

    Thank you! Still not going to beat my warriors! I bet he’ll opt out at the 2 year mark!

  • ???TheRider???

    Not a damn thang! Dubs 4 Life!

  • MRiGOThim

    Lance Stephenson is so sexy...I fell in love when this ninja blew in LeBron's ear/face that year :P

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Oh dada ball be mad. Lebra is still a zero

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Wish we could of kept him but understand and respect his leaving.