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The Decision (again): LeBron James picks his new NBA team

LeBron James has left the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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2nd July, 2018
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NBA superstar LeBron James has made his decision on which team he’ll be playing for in the 2018-19 NBA season.

James will move from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who he took to a championship in 2015-16, to the Los Angeles Lakers.

James will join the Lakers on a four-year contract worth $154 million.

He had the option of taking another year at the Cavaliers, but turned it down and has instead elected to make the third free agency move of his career.

After originally starting his career as a No.1 draft pick at the Cavs, LeBron moved to the Miami Heat ahead of the 2010-14 season, eventually winning two championships and two MVP awards with the Heat.

He then made a return home to the Cavaliers and took them to four consecutive finals series, all against the Golden State Warriors.

James’ individual brilliance was not enough to get Cleveland over the line in 2015, 2017 or 2018 – but the 2016 finals series was undoubtedly his finest hour.

After conceding a 1-3 start to the Warriors, the Cavaliers roared back into life in the final three games to deny Golden State and deliver Cleveland the championship they had so long coveted.

Throughout this most recent season there has been regular talk of unrest for James at the Cavs, and it’s been clear for a while that the decision to move elsewhere has been long coming.

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‘The Decision’ to leave Cleveland was made with a lot less pomp and ceremony this time around, announced simply over the Twitter feed of LeBron’s management.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been the team to get his signature, ahead of other possible destinations like the Boston Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers.

Cleveland now face the beginning of a new era and it will be interesting to see what kind of moves they make as they look to rebuild their team.