Celebrities welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James

In a short statement, the 33-year-old's sports management group said the three-time National Basketball Association champion has agreed a four-year contract with the Lakers, seeing the star leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time and make his debut in the Western Conference.

"I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing".

Preorders for new Lakers LeBron James jerseys were robust enough on Sunday night to give retailer Fanatics one of its top 10 sales days in terms of National Basketball Association gear sold, a spokesman for the company told ESPN.

"It's so exciting that you're coming to the city of stars", Schwarzenegger said. "And you're without (doubt) going to be the biggest star of all, on the court and off the court", former action hero and ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared on Twitter in a video message. Cleveland, Ohio was the home of a championship team for the first time since 1964. He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home.

Four-time All-Star Rondo, a 32-year-old point guard, who has made stops in Boston, Dallas, Sacramento and Chicago, averaged 8.3 points, 8.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds a game last season for New Orleans.

Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors stands for the national anthem before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on November 16, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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James informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option.

Fans in OH, meanwhile, are looking to move forward: James' jersey sales have plunged by 40 percent in the Cavs' team shop at Quicken Loans Arena.

LeBron James #23 drives past Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 30, 2016 in Cleveland.

- Last season marked the 14th time James was named to an All-NBA team, and the 12th time he was named First Team All-NBA.

The signing also means James will have to interact with the Ball family at some point in the next four years.

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