The NBA superstar is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to enjoy the the more temperate climate of Southern California for the Lakers' 2018-19 season, after signing a four-year, $154 million deal, according to a statement tweeted out by his agency, Klutch Sports, on Sunday.
The move also brings James much closer to Hollywood, where many feel the athlete's post-basketball future will likely unfold. The 33-year-old icon has appeared in numerous commercials and films, and co-founded a production company, SpringHill Entertainment, which currently has several projects in development.
Rumors of James' imminent move to the Lakers have been swirling for weeks, and when the news finally hit, many fans were excited to see the speculation become reality -- especially Chrissy Teigen, who did some investigative, tongue-in-cheek reporting of her own before the news went public.
On Saturday, Teigen tweeted, "I feel like starting basketball rumors." She then followed that up with, "I’m at a small embroidery shop in downtown LA and lebron is here with a blank Lakers jersey? Trying to get a pic."
Shorly after, she tweeted a photo of a station wagon, over which she'd drawn an arrow, and the word "LeBron." She captioned the post, "Ok got him leaving the basketball jersey embroidery shop. This is downtown LA."
Retired Lakers icon Kobe Bryant also reached out to show his support and excitement, tweeting, "Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness @JeanieBuss @MagicJohnson and RP well done!!!"
I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders. Congrats to @MagicJohnson & @LALakersLive et al. Cross your fingers for news from San Antonio.