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Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

NBA superstar LeBron James will step into the final act of his career after signing a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers last night.

By the numbers: From a business sense, James continues to transcend his sport both on and off the court. By the time his new deal with the Lakers is complete, his career earnings from the NBA alone will top the $300 million mark — and his personal business ventures extend far beyond that.

  • James will earn $387 million from his NBA deals by 2022, per Sportrac.
  • James will join retired players Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant as the only players to eclipse $300 million in NBA career earnings.
  • He'll make $41 million in 2021. However, he still won't be the highest-paid NBA player. Four other players, including Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, will make at least $43 million that season.

Yet James is worth more to the league as a one-man business than any other active player.

  • An NBA ownership group recently ran an analysis that showed signing James could generate approximately $65 million in revenue for a team per year, reports ESPN's Ian Begley.
  • Forbes gave the Lakers, one of the most storied franchises in all of professional sports, a value of $3.3 billion in February — even before James signed.

And he's not content with his athletic earnings. James told GQ earlier this year that he hopes to become a billionaire with his entertainment career, endorsements, and other business activities.

  • James ranked 39th on Forbes' list of the 40 most valuable entrepreneurs under 40 with $276 million in endorsements in 2016. Since then, he's racked up at least another $170 million.
  • He's invested in business entities outside of basketball including digital sports network Uninterrupted, production company SpringHill Entertainment, and sports agency Klutch Sports Group — all of which he cofounded. He also has made tens of millions with an investment in pizza chain Blaze Pizza, per SB Nation.

What they're saying: That GQ profile has this quote from James' "friend of six years," billionaire Warren Buffett: "The thing is, he hasn’t changed. He’s a solid guy. Fame has not gone to his head. You have to give him credit. I would have been drunk with power. It says a lot about how his mind works."

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The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hasn't given up on the idea of the Mac once again using Intel chips, but he acknowledges it will probably be years before he gets that chance.

  • In the meantime, he is focused on powering Windows machines that give Apple CEO Tim Cook a run for his money.

Why it matters: In getting pushed out of the Mac, Intel not only lost a customer but picked up a new rival.