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The chance to join one of the league's most iconic franchises has an appeal to James and he said following this year's National Basketball Association final that he remains in "championship mode".

The three-time National Basketball Association champion was selected by the Cavaliers in 2003 as the first pick in the National Basketball Association draft and established himself as one of the league's best players.

'Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons, ' James said in a message on his Instagram account. "This will always be home", he wrote.

The Lakers were considered one of the favorites to land James this offseason.

With the Lakers, James will be playing in the Western Conference for the first time and just down the Pacific Coast Highway from the Warriors, the team that has stymied him three times in the past four finals.

In addition, the Sixers have also started talking to the San Antonio Spurs about trading for Kawhi Leonard with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz not available to be traded.

The Lakers and the Celtics are the clear winners. We still have plenty of time to come up with a better name for his choice, but for now, the important thing is this: LeBron James is now a Los Angeles Laker.

LeBron James, finally, made his latest "decision".

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The 76ers' contingent was to be led by their ownership group headed by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, a person with knowledge of the details told AP.

If James would have signed with Philly he would have helped improve an already stingy Sixers defense, which finished 11th in OPG. However, chances of landing Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James, future plans should be changed. Rather than acquire a player who had stated he wanted to be in Los Angeles, the Lakers held firm and would wait and see how George performed before hitting free agency.

George announced his decision at a party in Oklahoma City shortly after Wojnarowski's report.

James wasn't expected to drag his choice out over several days.

LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (left) and Seth Curry during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 6 in Cleveland.

A lot of fans are shocked by the 33-year old's move to Los Angeles.

While James' previous departures were to ready-made championship contenders, his work will be cut out with a promising but young Lakers team that has missed the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, the longest stretch in franchise history. The fourth season on the contract reportedly includes a player option. If he had opted in, it would have likely meant the Cavs had worked out a trade for James.

On the other hand, there's a danger in not striking while the iron is hot.

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