LA Lakers make LeBron James' arrival official

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Rob Pelinka hailed the signing of LeBron James as a "historic moment" for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The photo showed the four-time MVP smiling alongside Klutch Sports' founder Rich Paul and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka.

George shocked the Lakers when he decided against following James, instead extending his stay in Oklahoma City on a four-year, $137m contract.

Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations, said in a release, via ESPN, that he's confident James can help the Lakers reach the NBA Finals once more.

"He competes and is an incredible leader who only seeks to win and make sure that his team-mates are successful".

The Lakers announced the signing of the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player as a free agent Monday night. "It's a huge step closer to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals".

James, who won league MVP awards in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, has played in 1,143 career regular-season games (1,142 starts) for Cleveland and Miami, averaging 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

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The Akron, Ohio, native has been named an NBA All-Star in each of the last 14 seasons, earning First Team All-NBA honors on 12 occasions, including the last 11 consecutive seasons.

This marks the first time James will play for a team in the hotly contested Western Conference, which includes heavyweight teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

The Lakers have not been to the play-offs since 2013 and James will set out to take them back.

Although James and the team's young core will be competitive, it will be interesting to see what happens with Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs.

James is not expected to attend, however, and is not expected to speak publicly about his decision until a charity event in OH later this month.

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