He easily passes as the Ronaldo or Messi of the slam and dunk game.

Basketball superstar LeBron James has signed a four-year, $154 million deal (about N55.4bn) to join the Los Angeles Lakers, his agency, Klutch Sports Group, announced Sunday night.

James did not pick up his option Friday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he led to its fourth straight NBA finals this year, only to be swept by the Golden State Warriors in four games.

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Some had expected the move to Los Angeles, where the Ohio native owns two homes.

 The announcement came on the first day of free agency.

James, 33, is a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and arguably the league's most dominant player.

He joined the league In 2003 as the first overall draft pick by Cleveland.

The Lakers haven't made the playoffs in five years and would hope to break that jinx with James.

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