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LeBron James is taking his talents to Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Lakers won a grand total of 35 games last season in the NBA's always-tough Western Conference, but guess who just became one of the oddsmakers' favourites to win it all next season? That said, an announcement on Tuesday, which is July 3, goes along with ESPN's Brian Windhorst recently saying that James' decision would come before the July 4 holiday.

The Los Angeles Lakers made the biggest splash possible on Sunday night, as the team's pursuit of LeBron James paid off in the form of the best player in the world joining the team on a four-year deal.

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A good way of thinking about this: If James had chosen to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers , it would be a relatively safe call. The 33-year-old carried the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, but his team was ultimately swept by the Golden State Warriors .

Philadelphia has the ability to pay James the maximum salary allowed by the National Basketball Association, "a $35.6 million annual maximum salary, potentially partnering him with two of the NBA's best young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons", the ESPN reporter noted, adding that $35.6 million was also what James would have made with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018-2019. He upped those numbers to 34 points and 9.1 rebounds during Cleveland's run to the NBA Finals, where it was swept by the Warriors.

The Philadelphia 76ers, whose young star Ben Simmons has the same agent as James, were also in the hunt, hoping to build a potential triple threat alongside the reigning Rookie of the Year and All-Star center Joel Embiid.

And he also snubbed what could have been the most money and longest deal available, the Cavaliers being able to extend James a five-year contract worth $209 million.

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Leonard wants out of San Antonio, and there have been some questions about whether he wants to play with James. McGee has played the past two years for the Golden State Warriors.

Perennial news-breaker Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news a short time ago, citing a press release seemingly issued by Klutch Sports, the athlete agency that represents LeBron.

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