After signing multiple one-year contracts that include a player option,
not only left the Cleveland Cavaliers via free agency for a second time, he did so to sign a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
James’ contract does include an opt-out clause after the 2020-21 season, but he nevertheless made a long-term commitment to the franchise. Upon his arrival, James asserted there wasn’t any additional pressure he would feel leading the Lakers than he’d endured throughout his career.
As the Lakers are looking to overcome a rash of injuries, which included James himself missing 17 consecutive games and 18 of 19, the 16-year veteran claimed to not be seeking any personal accomplishments.
“There’s nothing I need to get in this league that I don’t already have,” James said before the Lakers faced the Boston Celtics. “Everything else for me is just like icing on the cake.
“Even though I love the process of everything that I go through to be able to compete every single night and put teams in position to compete for championships. But there’s nothing that I’m chasing or that I feel I need to end my career on.”