If you live near Da Real Lambo, then that click-click-click you hear is him typing an addition of a chapter to his tell-all titled: “Going to LA to be closer to his side-piece Beyoncé’s second home???” But if you live anywhere near LeBron James, then I’m sure all you can hear is joyful screaming. It was announced last night that LeBron James is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for $153.3 million.
ESPN says that 33-year-old LeBron has signed with the Lakers for four years as a free agent, which works out to about $38.3 million a year. His career earnings have now reportedly passed the $1 billion mark. As someone whose height hovers around 6 feet, these are the times middle school me really regrets taking up the saxophone instead of basketball. LeBron’s agency made the announcement yesterday, except they rounded the number up to $154 million.
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LeBron, who was born in Akron, OH, played for Cleveland from 2003 to 2010, when he left for the Miami Heat. He returned to Cleveland in 2014. He’s won three NBA Championships, one with Cleveland (in 2016). Last year, LeBron said he he intends to finish his professional career in Cleveland, so who knows if in four years we’re going to hear of him playing “I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman in reverse while he hauls his ass and meme-able face back east.
LeBron confirmed the announcement on his Instagram Stories yesterday by posting a picture of the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers victory parade with the words: “Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home.”
This is great news for LeBron, and also for his $23 million mansion in Brentwood, which no doubt missed having him around. But it definitely sucks for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Having the greatest player currently in the game on your team was a big draw. Their marketing department is going to have to get creative if they want to keep those ticket numbers up. “The Cleveland Cavaliers – we no longer have LeBron, but you might see Khloe Kardashian at a game? Warning: not a guarantee.”