His move from the Cleveland Cavaliers ends months of speculation.
Why did James sign with the Lakers?
The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James. The Lakers measure success by how many banners they lift to the rafters, and James will look to join the likes of Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in Laker lore.
He'll now join a team that is full of young talent that could either grow around him, or be used in a trade to land another star.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic knows he will have to share the Los Angeles limelight after LeBron James confirmed that he will be joining the L.A. Lakers.
"The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family", James said when asked about his upcoming free agency following the Cleveland Cavaliers' season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
The former Juventus, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain forward took out a full page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times which read: "Dear Los Angeles, you're welcome". It remains to be seen whether the Lakers will acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs, who wants out and has asked to be dealt to Los Angeles.
Earlier Sunday, James had contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are hoping to hang onto the best player in franchise history. And this is undoubtedly going to have further knock-on effects, especially when it comes to other top players heading to the Lakers. It's the last long-term max contract that James can sign thanks to the NBA CBA's Over-38 rule (formerly the Over-37 rule). The Cavaliers made the finals four consecutive times after James returned before the 2014-15 season.
For now, though, he's not attached to anyone.