LeBron agrees to 4-year, $154 million contract with Lakers

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LeBron James is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers.

If he does, he'll be in line to earn a smidge over $35 million in 2018-19 and then around $38 million the following season.

For the Boston Celtics, James' exit from the Eastern Conference further cements their status as a team with potential to advance to the NBA Finals.

According to ESPN, the Lakers are trying to trade for Kawhi Leonard, believing landing Leonard would entice James to sign with them.

But while the Cavs and Lakers appear to be the front-runners for James, the Sixers aren't ready to give up the fight.

According to ESPN, the 27-year-old is said to favour a move to Los Angeles, with the Lakers his preferred destination over the Clippers.

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The Cavs, who are well over the NBA's projected $101 million salary cap for next season, are not expected to make an early deal outside of whatever happens with James' decision.

James would be the 12th, which means Cleveland will only be looking to fill two or three open roster spots as it is. Representatives from the team will meet today with James' agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the get together told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. And while he's not the best player in the NBA, Kawhi can still vault the Sixers to a formidable powerhouse in the East.

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I feel the Philadelphia 76ers should also receive strong consideration from James as they boast a very young nucleus of talent. It's possible that they will show more interest now that Paul George has made a decision to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With MVP Kevin Durant heading the charge, the Warriors completed a sweep of the Cavs and James, who revealed following the series that he had broken his right hand in a fit of frustration following Game 1.

But the five-time All-Star instead turned down the chance to represent his native Los Angeles in favour of penning a four-year $137m max deal with Oklahoma City to remain alongside close friend Russell Westbrook.

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