LeBron James is leaving Cavs to sign four-year deal with Lakers

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That's a much different tone from the last time James left the city.

One of the first Lakers to talk to James following the announcement was none other than legend Kobe Bryant, who told CBS2's Jim Hill his relationship to James is more like an older brother rather than a rival.

James did not pick up his option Friday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he led to its fourth straight National Basketball Association finals this year, only to be swept by the Golden State Warriors in four games.

The Warriors did lose centre JaVale McGee in free agency to the Lakers. Heck, he's already decided and it's the Los Angeles Lakers.

Cleveland Cavaliers won the title in dramatic fashion in 2016.

James' camp and the Cavaliers' front office have maintained a dialogue since the season ended, sources said. "This will always be home", James posted on Instagram with a photo of the Cavaliers' championship parade.

The Lakers' prize free agent, of course, wore No. 23 at St. Vincent St. Mary High School and all of his 11 seasons with the Cavaliers.

Speculation had been mounting over the National Basketball Association star's future after his player option with the Cavs expired over the weekend.

Next year's expected free agent market would include San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, former James teammate Kyrie Irving and Golden State guard Klay Thompson. This is the longest contract LeBron has signed since his six-year deal with the Heat in 2010, though the final two years of that contract were player options.

Not to mention, when seeing how successful the Sixers were this past season by winning 52 games along with advancing to the semifinals of the playoffs, this team will still be competitive without James in the picture.

James agreed to a 4-year, $154 million contract with Los Angeles and now it is time to speculate around who James will recruit to the Lakers alongside him.

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The Sixers have the ability to offer James a $38.25 million annual maximum salary over four years, potentially partnering him with two of the NBA's best young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

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