The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Wednesday that LeBron James will become the team’s official spokesman for the next four seasons, bringing the total number of NBA contracts that the team has signed during his time in Cleveland to $150 million.
James, the Cavaliers’ All-Star center and the NBA’s highest-paid player, signed a new five-year deal with the team on Tuesday, according to a statement from the team.
“I’m incredibly excited to join LeBron James and his family and look forward to working alongside him to ensure the Cavs are a success for years to come,” James said in the statement.
“He’s an extraordinary talent and I’m honored to be the Cavaliers official spokesman.”
The announcement comes as James is set to begin a new season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and C.J. Miles as the only players to lead their teams to consecutive championships.
Cleveland’s first-round playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals on Sunday was the Cavaliers first playoff defeat in four years.
James was one of the five finalists to be named NBA MVP, and the Cavs have never won the conference finals since 2010.
James has spent his entire NBA career with the Cavaliers, and has won three titles with the franchise.
He was named the league’s MVP in 2015 and 2016, and was also named to the All-NBA first team in 2019.
His new deal will pay him $50 million over the next two seasons.