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How LeBron James Told The Cleveland Cavaliers He Was Leaving

LeBron James sweating in a headband.

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 02: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena on January 2, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

LeBron James arrived at his decision to leave Cleveland for Los Angeles at some point over the weekend, with the official announcement coming late on Sunday night. LeBron had signed a four-year max contract with the Lakers, entering what might be the final chapter of his NBA career.

The exit from Cleveland was much smoother this time than it was in 2010. Dan Gilbert even released a kind, thankful letter for LeBron after his exit (it wasn't even written in Comic Sans).

LeBron informed the Lakers of his decision late on Sunday night. He had reportedly placed a phone call to Cleveland earlier in the weekend.

From The Ringer:

It only wasn’t until a Saturday morning phone call with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert that their breakup became “Facebook official,” per league sources. And then, as others reported, a meeting with Magic Johnson at one of LeBron’s homes in Brentwood sealed the deal with the Lakers.

LeBron has since departed the country. There will be far less fanfare surrounding James' joining of the Lakers than there was when he joined the Heat.

"By Sunday night, James was in Europe, leaving the party behind. Expect no interviews, no videos, no elaborate explanations for at least a month. Changing teams for a third time, and leaving Cleveland for a second, is not a cause for celebration," SI.com's Lee Jenkins reports.

James' first public appearance since joining the Lakers won't be coming until the end of the month, per reports. He'll be appearing at the opening for his I Promise School in Akron, Ohio on July 30.