Lance Stephenson follows LeBron James to the Lakers

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LeBron James is leaving behind the Cleveland Cavaliers yet again, this time for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The four-time National Basketball Association most value player informed the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday that he was not exercising his $35.6m (£26.8m) option and was becoming a free agent. His reason for being there is unknown: The Lakers are considered a strong candidate to sign James, but he also has an offseason home in L.A.

The 33-year-old has left his hometown team for the second time in his career having previously departed in 2010 to join the Miami Heat.

LeBron James' tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers came to an end on Sunday afternoon, when the three-time champion sent out an Instagram message to let the world know that he had agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. "This will always be home".

He will sign a 1-year, $4.5 million deal, a little bit more than he was set to make in IN, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. Paul informed the Cavs on Friday morning that the four-time MVP would not opt in to the final year of his contract; James was scheduled to make $35.6 million in 2018-19. The Indiana University product excelled for the Lakers' G League affiliate but averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 15 appearances for Los Angeles.

Magic is another guy LeBron has long expressed admiration for, so giving him the first (and only) crack at an in-person meeting is likely what sealed the deal for the Lakers.

However, according to several reports, James is aware of the Lakers' current outlook and is okay with it - for now.

The front page of the Los Angeles Times had to mention LeBron, of course, but the front page of the sports section really did him justice.

Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: "LeBron James has chosen the Lakers and every other team in the National Basketball Association should be wary of this storied franchise right now". But Wojnarowski also tweeted on Sunday that Leonard truly wants to be a Laker.

The Lakers are also working hard to acquire Kawhi Leonard. The big man has taken to social media to help lure LeBron to Philly and make the 76ers seem at least a little bit more attractive to the highly sought-after free agent.

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