Some fans stunned at LeBron James' massive deal with Lakers

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LeBron to Lakers Has"Tremendous Momentum" Says Brian Windhorst With These Caveats

Hours after it was announced that James would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers, the Orlando Magic reportedly agreed to sign their own big-time free agent in Aaron Gordon.

But this one? This one is ... odd.

Paul informed the Cavs on Friday morning that the four-time MVP would not opt in to the final year of his contract; he was scheduled to make $35.6 million in 2018-19.

LeBron James is once again a former member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A much-speculated landing spot for LeBron James became a reality Sunday night.

According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, the franchise's valuation dipped by 25 percent when James left for the Miami Heat in 2010.

James, a 14-time All-Star and three-time National Basketball Association champion, has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game since entering the league straight out of high school in 2003. The preference of Kawhi Leonard is to play with the Lakers, but James signing a four-year deal won't put any pressure on Johnson and Pelinka to give up the farm to get the San Antonio Spurs star now.

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James' decision will catapult the Lakers up the title-contending ranks. Stephenson and James have plenty of history, dating back to Stephenson taunting James from the bench in the 2012 playoffs and reaching a high point when Stephenson blew in James' ear on the court in the 2014 playoffs.

O'Connor also reported James is not expected to sign with the Lakers on a long-term deal, if he does choose Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sport title drought in 2016.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons", James wrote on his Instagram story. Five times, they have faced each other in the postseason.

But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since.

LeBron James has taken his team to the past eight Eastern Conference finals.

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