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LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154 million deal

Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Let the free agency begin. LeBron James has made his decision.

No he didn’t do it with a TV show.

And no he didn’t do it with a homecoming celebration.

In fact, he threw it back to the old ways and did it with a press release from his agency.

With that being said, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to terms on a 4-year, $154 million salary.

And for those of you that thought LeBron and Kobe hated each other:

But that’s not the only love Kobe had for LeBron as Kobe was willing to do whatever it took for LeBron to come to LA.

Appearing later Monday on ESPN and ESPN Radio, Bryant was more effusive, telling host Stephen A. Smith at one point that “anything that I can do whatsoever to help LeBron bring a championship back to the city of L.A., I am all for it.”

“I spoke to (LeBron) during the playoffs and then I talked to him last night, right after the decision. I told him, ‘Welcome to the family, man.’ It sounds crazy but I said, ‘Dude, you are part of the family now. So anything you need on my end, I got you. Whatever the case may be, I am here for you.’ Just wishing him and his family the best and looking forward to seeing them when they get in. …

“Dude, as people, you got to help your brothers do well. I had a great run, I played 20 years, it was awesome, I had a great time, we are fortunate enough to win five championships and all that. Now it is somebody else’s time. And that is what the Lakers have always been about.

“When I came here, Magic (Johnson) welcomed me with open arms, me and Shaq (O’Neal), and we were able to carry on the tradition with Magic’s and Kareem’s (Abdul-Jabbar) support and certainly it is our responsibility to pay that forward. So anything that I can do whatsoever to help LeBron bring a championship back to the city of L.A., I am all for it.”

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