LeBron James in it for the long haul with LA Lakers

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LeBron James to join Los Angeles Lakers in $154m deal

It wasn't long before the city of Los Angeles, along with many favorite celebrities, started celebrating on social media to welcome James, 33, to the city and the Lakers.

Overall, it was a great job by both Magic and Pelinka to sell James on coming to Los Angeles.

The unnamed fan, who's going viral, reportedly didn't suffer any serious injuries, except for the preexisting one: a star breaking his heart.

Cleveland's success also ended the city's 52-year wait for a major sporting title.

This one fan seems to have acted alone, although supervision clearly was necessary.

Another factor pundits considered behind James' move west was the opportunity to link up with a young roster, including 2017's number-two draft pick Lonzo Ball and Germany's Isaac Bonga, which could ensure he wouldn't have to carry the team like he did in Cleveland.

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U.S. media reports said the Lakers move was sealed following a meeting late Saturday between James and the team's president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson. StubHub saw Cavaliers ticket demand increase every single year after James returned from the Miami Heat in 2014-15, and the exchange's average purchase price for Cavs tickets went up 80 percent from the previous year during LeBron's first season back.

The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, who has appeared in eight consecutive National Basketball Association finals.

"Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons", said James on his Instagram account. 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.

But money and years of security were less a concern than being able to play for a title contender.

The Lakers may also have sweetened the deal by having room under their salary cap to sign another maximum-salary free agent, rumoured to be the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard. It brought in an estimated $21 million in earned media for Goodyear.

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