LeBron James' decision to join the Lakers breaks Twitter as the NBA world reacts

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The moment every NBA fan was waiting for finally arrived late on Sunday night as LeBron James made his eagerly anticipated free agency decision.

In a short press release published by Klutch Sports Group, it was announced that the 33-year-old had agreed a four-year, $154 million deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

The news stunned the NBA world and sent everybody into a frenzy as the best player in the world had just altered the entire landscape of the league with the third free agency move of his career.

After spending the last four years with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers after rejoining them in 2014 from the Miami Heat, James has decided to take his talents to California and commit his future to the Lakers.

Social media erupts

It has been rumoured for the last year that he could potentially make the move to Los Angeles but the official confirmation almost broke the internet.

NBA players, fans and media members all took to Twitter to provide their reactions to the remarkable news.

It shows that he's still undoubtedly the biggest superstar in basketball as his latest decision got everybody talking.

Signing a deal for four years proves that he's in LA to stay and is likely to spend the rest of his career with the Lakers.

The King becomes the latest in a long line of greats to represent the storied franchise and he'll be hoping to emulate many of his predecessors such as Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson by delivering a championship.

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The attention will now switch to who the franchise may acquire to play alongside James.

Paul George, who was widely expected to sign with the Lakers, elected to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But there's still a chance to acquire Kawhi Leonard as he's requested a trade away from the San Antonio Spurs and has indicated a preference to join the Purple and Gold.

It's been reported in recent days that the two teams have been engaged in trade talks and a deal could potentially happen.

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It won't be a straightforward deal, however, as the Lakers will have to give up a significant package to convince the Spurs to part with their best player.

With a year remaining on his contract, coupled with an unwillingness to continue playing in San Antonio, the small forward may ultimately get his wish.

However, it's clear that with a long-term deal, LeBron is not concerned if he's the only All-Star to arrive in Tinseltown this summer.

But a championship has to be the goal for the Lakers and they'll need more firepower to compete in the stacked Western Conference.

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