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LeBron James joining the Lakers is seen as a ‘long-term’ move

CLEVELAND– LeBron James announced he is joining the Los Angeles Lakers via his agency on Sunday night.

And while the move itself isn’t necessarily a huge shock (Lakers rumors really began gaining steam over the last 48 hours), what is shocking is the fact that the deal was for four years– a commitment he was not willing to give the Cavs after he returned to Cleveland in 2014.

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers were feeling the pressure to sign either Paul George or trade for Kawhi Leonard in order to land James; however, when James met with Magic Johnson late Saturday night, James assured Johnson that this was “a long-term play” and that his decision was not going to be decided by whether or not the Lakers had another move lined up.

In the end, that trust he gave Johnson is arguably a large part of the reason James has decided to go to L.A.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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