After weeks of speculation, LeBron James has ended his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and has agreed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The three-time NBA champion led the Cavs to a fourth consecutive Finals appearance this year, but they fell to the Golden State Warriors for a third time.
James was a free agent and has decided to leave his home club team for a second time, having moved from Cleveland to Florida when joining the Miami Heat in 2010.
The 33-year-old had been linked with a whole host of NBA teams but has elected to move to the west coast and join a Lakers team that are looking to reach the finals for the first time since 2010.
Lebron James took to Instagram to send his regards to the Cavs and their fans, saying: ‘Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home.’
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert issued a lengthy statement in which he said. ?Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio.
‘LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform.’
The four-time NBA MVP will sign a contract with the Lakers said to be worth $153 million dollars, as he looks to secure a 17th NBA title for the LA outfit.
Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant was among the first people to tweet his delight at the deal, saying: ‘Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness’