Wild: LeBron going to the Lakers only adds to West test

Cleveland Cavaliers' Le Bron James watches during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. Two people familiar with the decision say James has tol

A good way of thinking about this: If James had chosen to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers, it would be a relatively safe call.

San Antonio: James reveres Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, but living in Texas doesn't seem appealing to the star's family and the Spurs are still trying to figure out what to do with Leonard, who can become a free agent after next season.

James has played 11 total seasons with the Cavs, pushing them to five Finals - counting the franchise's first trip in 2007. His best statistical season was the last, where his 27.5 points were the most since 2010 (an ominous sign, it turns out) and he tied a career high with 8.6 boards and set a new best with 9.1 assists.

The Cavaliers also tried to keep James, reportedly being on the phone with him seconds after midnight on Sunday as the free agency period opened. Needless to say the announcement set off plenty of action from the current crop of young Lakers talent on Twitter. The four-time MVP may still sign with Cleveland but the echoes are growing louder that James will create another superteam by joining either the Houston Rockets, the LA Lakers or the Philadelphia 76ers. The terms were confirmed by a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can not become official until the league's offseason moratorium ends this week.

James isn't planning any more comments and there won't be a welcoming press conference or celebration in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his plans said Sunday night on the condition of anonymity. With his destination unclear, the Lakers would likely gravitate toward a more aggressive move to assemble a team that can take on the Golden State Warriors.

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The chance to play for one of America's most storied franchises is a new challenge for James, who prides himself on knowing the game's history.

His life wouldn't change all that much, and by staying in the Eastern Conference, he would have an easier time getting to the NBA Finals.

James' decision will change the National Basketball Association. He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home.

Last summer's stunning trade of guard Kyrie Irving left the Cavs without a quality running mate for James, who was forced to carry a heavier offensive load throughout the regular season and playoffs. He's the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers.

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