LeBron James to wear No. 23 with Los Angeles Lakers

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LeBron James officially made his free agent decision on Sunday night when he announced that he's signing a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, saving everyone from weeks of speculation and rumors.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons".

ESPN reported neither James nor his management team will sit down with Cavaliers powerbrokers when the free agency period officially opens later this weekend as he decides whether to remain with the franchise he led to an NBA Championship in 2016 or take his talents elsewhere next season. Fanatics initially listed the jerseys with a No. 00 placeholder, but has since updated the listing with James' traditional No. 23 amid reports that he intends to keep the number. The team from OH made a number of trades at this past year's trade deadline, drafted Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft and have most of its core outside of James, of course, locked up.

"The betting support is always there behind LeBron James and people are hopeful he can get other players with him, whether it's Kawhi (Leonard) or someone else".

The former second-round pick has been one of the most outspoken Lakers fans in the Raiders locker room, but Khalil Mack has been one of LeBron James' biggest advocates.

James, who has a home and production company in Los Angeles, now joins a club with money to spend and a desire to rebuild into a championship team.

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

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The Lakers are reportedly hoping to acquire another star or two to play alongside James.

The Lakers' prize free agent, of course, wore No. 23 at St. Vincent St. Mary High School and all of his 11 seasons with the Cavaliers.

The arrival of LeBron James has already been felt in Los Angeles, with the Lakers now considered to be joint-second favorite to win the National Basketball Association title next season.

Those odds may go down since George signed with the Thunder.

Cleveland is looking to trade star power forward Kevin Love following LeBron James' departure. While there had been dialogue between Paul and Altman since the season ended, James had not given the team any sense of his plans.

LeBron is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, but has notably less Championship wins than the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to back that up.

Many have already wondered what the NBA Finals might look like without James taking on the Warriors every year. The Lakers can afford to be patient in building the team, even if James wasn't on board.

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