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LA Lakers make LeBron James' arrival official

LA Lakers make LeBron James' arrival official

Luke Walton will be the seventh coach LeBron James has had in his career when the Los Angeles Lakers take the floor this fall.

The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, and the Philadelphia 76ers also had strong interest in the 6-foot-8, 250-pound superstar, meeting with James' representatives before he chose the Lakers.

If that ever was a possibility, it's now officially over.

"Today is a great day for the Lakers organization and Lakers fans all over the world to welcome LeBron James, a three-time NBA Champion and four-time NBA MVP", Johnson said.

"He is the best player in the world".

"It's a big step closer to returning the Lakers to the postseason and the NBA Finals".

"This is a historic moment for the Lakers, and we could not feel more grateful and honoured", he said.

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"However, we know that the work is not over. We will continue forward and do all that is necessary to achieve our shared obsession of bringing banner No. 17 to the world's best fans - Lakers Nation", Pelinka added.

James spent his first seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his next four seasons with the Miami Heat, and his last four seasons back at home with Cleveland.

JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Coldwell-Pope all penned one-year deals with the Lakers in the following days - but speaking to ESPN last night, former Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks warned the team were far from the finished article.

James is not expected to attend, however, and is not expected to speak publicly about his decision until a charity event in OH later this month.

The 47th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft out of the University of Kansas, Mykhailiuk earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors last season, with averages of 14.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Sixers managing partner Josh Harris said Monday, from summer league action in Las Vegas, that he thinks James gave serious thought to joining Philadelphia.

The 15-year National Basketball Association veteran became the first National Basketball Association with 30,000 career points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.