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LeBron James did not have dinner with Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson to tip off NBA free agency, as was rumored, Marc Stein of The New York Times reports.

By moving West for the first time in his career, James will face a stiffer competition night in, night out, with Steph Curry's Warriors, James' Rockets and a whole lot of stacked teams crowding the playoff race.

LeBron James has finally settled on his new destination, signing a four-year, United States $154 million (AUD $208 million) deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. "Expect the official announcement Tuesday morning".

The 33-year-old James leaves his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time as a free agent after opting out of his deal on Friday. "This will always be home".

His move from the Cavaliers, where he signed in 2014, will bring him nearer to Hollywood, to which James is no stranger. "His reason for being there is unknown; the Lakers are considered a strong candidate to sign James, but he also has an offseason home in L.A".

"Lakers & 76ers can offer LeBron the same four-year max deal, but Sixers deal nets LeBron around $11 million because of tax difference between California & Pennsylvania", Rovell noted, as the Philly Fan Life blog optimistically put the pieces together.

James opted out of a U.S. $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was reported to have had contact with the team as free agency opened last night.

They're likely going to re-sign Rodney Hood, who averaged 16.8 points per game in a featured role with the Utah Jazz last season, with James gone.

Leonard wants out of San Antonio, and there have been some questions about whether he wants to play with James.

"Why would the Sixers, who didn't have a meeting scheduled with Lebron's camp, mysteriously make one after reports surfaced that Lebron made his decision and will announce it on Tuesday?" the site said in a Sunday post.