James, 33, will play in the Western Conference for the first time for a franchise that has suffered five straight losing seasons. The Lakers finished 35-47 last season.
The 2018-19 season will be James’ 16th season in the NBA. He has scored 31,038 points in his career. He ranks seventh in NBA history.
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James announced Friday he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option to play for the Cavaliers next season. He became an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. According to a report by ESPN, the Philadelphia 76ers met with James' representatives on Sunday. They were among the teams in the mix to sign James, along with the Cavaliers.