The NBA world learned of LeBron James’ decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers late on July 1. The news was announced with a simple tweet from LeBron’s agency, Klutch Sports.
There was little fanfare. Social media obviously went crazy, but there was no further comment from LeBron. He actually departed the country with his wife on a European vacation.
LeBron has since returned to the United States. He officially signed his contract on Monday night. It’s a four-year deal for more than $153 million.
When did the Lakers learn of LeBron’s decision?
Los Angeles’ general manager, Rob Pelinka, found out with a text message from LeBron’s agent. Like the Twitter announcement, it was a simple text.
“The text just said ‘Congrats,’ and it had balloons,” Pelinka said. “It was one of those moments in life you’ll never ever forget.”
How did GM Rob Pelinka find out LeBron would join the Lakers? Via text from James’ agent.
“The text just said ‘Congrats,’ and it had balloons,”Pelinka said. “It was one of those moments in life you’ll never ever forget.”
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— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) July 10, 2018
LeBron and Rob were together on Monday night when the Lakers’ new star forward signed his contract.
“Officially signed,” Klutch Sports tweeted out.
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 10, 2018
LeBron will be wearing his usual No. 23 with the Lakers in 2018-19. He’ll be wearing No. 6 in practice, like he did with the Cavs.
The rest of the Lakers 2018-19 lineup remains somewhat of a question mark.