Report: LeBron James will wear the number 23 jersey with the Lakers

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With the NBA world waiting in anticipation, LeBron James wasted no time making a decision on his future on the day he officially became a free agent. 

The four-time MVP has chosen to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career and has agreed a four-year, $154 million deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers. 

The stunning news was announced in the early hours of the morning and almost broke social media. 

James brings his second spell with his hometown Cavaliers to an end after four years with the team where he led them to four straight finals.

He will now look to bring success back to the Lakers franchise and end their five-year playoff drought. 

LeBron will become the latest NBA legend to put on the famous Purple and Gold jersey, joining some illustrious names that came before him. 

Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson are just some of the greats that have represented the storied organisation. 

In demand

As you'd expect, fans in LA are already preparing to buy James jerseys and sales are likely to go through the roof. 

But they can't go on sale until the 33-year-old officially signs his contract and chooses a jersey number. 

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To the delight of Lakers fans, however, they have at least been given a heads up about which number their new superstar will wear.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the King will don his customary number 23. Fans are already able to pre-order jerseys in some outlets, including the NBA Store. 

They'll be shipped to fans over the next two weeks when he LBJ pens his contract and it's approved by the NBA.

The demand will be incredibly high and it won't be a surprise to see jerseys sell out instantly as soon as the red tape is overcome. 

James first wore 23 when he was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003 and had the number during his first seven seasons in Cleveland. 

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But when he opted to join the Miami Heat in 2010, he was forced to switch numbers as the 23 is one of the team's retired numbers. 

He chose the number six during his four years in South Beach before choosing to return to 23 when he returned to the Cavs in 2014. 

The 13-time All-Star will now keep that legacy going when he takes to the court for the Lakers. 

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