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    Getty Lakers star LeBron James A former NBA star doesn’t believe LeBron James will leave the Los Angeles Lakers anytime soon. On August 3, Jalen Rose said on “NBA Today” that he thinks James will sign a contract extension with the Lakers for reasons beyond basketball. Rose, who is an analyst at ESPN, played 923 NBA games and won the 1999-00 Most Improved Player of the Year Award. “They know he ain’t leaving now,” Rose said. “So it don’t even matter what happens with the contract. They know they got the house out here, the wife out here, they know the kids out here. We always think about it as LeBron James the superstar, not always LeBron James the father, the dad, the human being. I don’t think he’s gonna necessarily wanna uproot his family to go play somewhere else.” James is eligible to sign a two-year extension worth around $97 million. The four-time MVP would become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2023 if he didn’t agree to an extension with Los Angeles. The final...
    Getty LeBron James, Lakers Now that the hour has officially come, with LeBron James able to sign a two-year extension to stay on with the Lakers, we have some better insights on how, exactly, this all might play out. James can sign a deal worth $97 million over the two seasons, which would cover 2023-24 and 2024-25, and Thursday marked the day on which the team could officially make the offer. Around the NBA, it’s expected that James will not be in a hurry to sign the deal. But, according to a report from NBC Sports’ Kurt Helin, the consensus around the league is that James will sign on for a two-year deal with a player option on the second year, effectively allowing himself to become a free agent again in 2024—which so happens to be the year that his son, Bronny James, will be eligible for the NBA draft. In other words, expect James to keep his options open, with an eye on a possible Lakers exit. As Helin wrote: “LeBron has made it clear he wants...
    Getty LeBron James faces an uncertain future with the LA Lakers. LeBron James can put the rumors about his future with the Los Angeles Lakers to rest by signing a contract extension as soon as August 4, 2022. It remains to be seen if the superstar will give the Lakers some peace of mind by signing a new two-year deal or instead play out the final year of his current contract, a decision that would make James a free agent in 2023. The Cavaliers continue to be viewed as a potential threat to pulling off a possible reunion with James. During a conversation with Heavy.com’s NBA insider Sean Deveney, one Eastern Conference general manager noted Cleveland “would worry me” if he were part of the Lakers front office. The league exec added that the Cavs are likely more of a threat in 2024 when his son Bronny James becomes draft eligible. “The two things that would worry me if I was the Lakers are the Cavaliers and Bronny,” the general manager explained to Heavy. “He wants...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. The honeymoon phase between LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers is long in the past. The two sides got off to a rough start during his first year as the team missed the playoffs. Things quickly turned around as the Lakers traded for Anthony Davis and won a championship. LeBron appeared to be the happiest he had ever been and was poised to finish his career in Los Angeles. With the Lakers being two seasons removed from the championship, things could be starting to sour. LeBron is entering the last year of his current contract and there’s a chance he won’t sign an extension. He’s also recently been talking about how he’d love to play with the Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry. While LeBron could just be having fun with the comments about playing with the Warriors, there could be more to it. Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd believes that the superstar’s comments aren’t coming out on accident. “To me, it feels obvious,” Cowherd said on “The Herd.” “He’s not...
    Getty Patrick Beverley stealing ball from LeBron James. The Patrick Beverley press tour continues to chug on. The veteran guard has mainly been making headlines for his all-out assault on Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, but there have been a lot of interesting tidbits from Beverley. He acclimated himself well with the Minnesota Timberwolves this past season and may have found a long-term home. He’s under contract through next season but his future is unclear beyond that. He recently mentioned that LeBron James was the one player he wishes he could play with. To make that happen, he would have to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. To say he’s infamous in the fan base is an understatement. During Beverley’s time with the Clippers, he was a frequent antagonist. However, he’s a good player, and Lakers fans would quickly forget his past antics if he joined the team. Beverley made it clear that he would be happy to sign with Los Angeles if the opportunity presented itself. “If I was a free agent and if me and Minnesota...
    Getty Lakers star LeBron James stands next to Malik Monk and Carmelo Anthony Eight players from this year’s Los Angeles Lakers roster become unrestricted free agents this summer and Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report believes the purple and gold will lose one of LeBron James’ favorite teammates. In an April 14th column where he projected landing spots for the Lakers’ top three free agents, Buckley predicted that shooting Malik Monk will leave Los Angeles to sign with the Detroit Pistons. “L.A.’s minimum investment in Malik Monk was a smashing success,” Buckley wrote. “Frankly, it went too well for anyone hoping he’d run it back with the Purple and Gold next season. … Given the priority placed on perimeter shooting, Monk’s three-ball and ignitable scoring should fetch him a deal richer than what the Lakers can pay. Prediction: Monk signs with the Detroit Pistons.” Monk played well for the Lakers this season. He averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 47.3% from the floor, 39.1% from beyond the arc and 79.5% from the free-throw line. Monk, who made...
    Getty Lakers superstar LeBron James heads into an intriguing offseason. The Los Angeles Lakers are heading towards a pivotal offseason with LeBron James facing a difficult decision about his future. During an interview with Fox Sports’ Kevin Wildes, The Ringer’s Bill Simmons discussed a hypothetical scenario where James potentially pushed for a trade to the Clippers in a blockbuster deal centered around Kawhi Leonard. James has repeatedly made it clear that his desire is to live in Los Angeles, but the Lakers face an uphill battle to become a contender for the 2022-23 season. “I think it’s interesting you thought it would be a Paul George trade, because I think you could talk me into like either guy [Leonard or George],” Simmons said of a potential Clippers trade during an April 15, 2022 episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “…If I’m the Clippers, I wouldn’t trade Paul George for LeBron, as crazy as that sounds. LeBron’s going to be in his 20th year next year. He’s on the last year of his deal. I have no idea if...
    Getty Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso defends LeBron James during a December 19 game against the Los Angeles Lakers. As the Chicago Bulls await the return of guard Alex Caruso, they’re not the only team feeling the weight of his absence this season. His former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, are likely hoping they’d offered more than (or at least just as much as) the four-year, $37-million deal he signed to play in the Windy City this past summer. In the latest addition of his newsletter, insider Marc Stein made sure to note that LeBron James particularly was a strong advocate for the team re-signing Caruso: Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians ..Yet one source did point out at least one counter on James’ behalf, noting that he was also one of the organization’s staunchest Alex Caruso fans and badly wanted the Lakers to re-sign the defensive-minded guard. The Lakers, despite all of their considerable revenue streams, refused to offer a contract on par with the four-year,...
    Getty The Lakers are adding former Clippers big man Wenyen Gabriel (right). After remaining quiet at the NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers made a series of moves including the signing of former Los Angeles Clippers big man Wenyen Gabriel. The former Kentucky player is signing a two-way deal with the Lakers, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. “The Lakers also intend to sign forward Wenyen Gabriel on a two-way NBA contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium,” Charania tweeted on February 28. “Gabriel has had stints with the Nets, Clippers and Pelicans this season, showing flashes of athleticism and versatility at 6-foot-9.” Gabriel is a former five-star high school recruit who had offers from a number of top college basketball programs including Kansas, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia and Maryland, per Rivals. The big man played two seasons at Kentucky averaging 5.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and one block while shooting 36.7% from long range in 20.3 minutes per game. ALL the latest Los Angeles Lakers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lakers newsletter here! ...
    Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) If LeBron James wants to win anything in Los Angeles this year, he needs to get to work convincing players on the buyout market to come to the Lakers. The NBA trade deadline came and went without the Lakers being able to get any deals done. They have to push forward with Russell Westbrook and their current makeup. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t find a little bit of help from elsewhere. When the deadline passed, reports emerged saying Los Angeles would look to be active in the buyout market as they work to put fix their broken squad.3 buyout players LeBron needs to convince to join the LakersGary HarrisThe Lakers need to get a lot better and quick, but there aren’t exactly a ton of buyout names on the table who can legitimately do that. Gary Harris is a 3-and-D option who could come in and give the Lakers stronger depth at guard, especially considering Talen Horten-Tucker’s step back. Harris has averaged 11.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists for...
    Henry Cavills Girlfriend Natalie Viscuso Is So Proud of Him: Greatest Man I Have Ever Known Stocks end mostly higher as tech shares rebound If you talk trash to Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma, don't expect him to just sit back and take it. Kumza got into it with some Cleveland Cavaliers fans during Wednesday's contest, telling them, "Without 'Bron, Cleveland wouldn't be s***." The heckling fans brought a sign to the game that read, "LeBron [James] won Kuzma his ring," according to Kuzma. Those fans reportedly heckled Kuzma throughout the game. It reached a point where Kuzma responded after hitting a go-ahead three with just seconds remaining in the contest. After knocking down a clutch three, @KyleKuzma told hecklers with a "LeBron Got Kuzma his RING!" sign that "It was their fault" & "Without LeBron, Cleveland wouldn't be sh*t." ???? Then he autographed the sign after the game. (Via jerm1315/IG) pic.twitter.com/jFVFi3Khsb— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 11, 2021 Kuzma said those hecklers gave him extra motivation to hit that crucial shot. Washington won the game 97-94. Following the...
    A notorious The Bachelor villain and more celebs turning 30 in 2021 Interview transcripts offer window into Cuomo investigation © Provided by CBS Sports Kyle Kuzma's big fourth quarter helped propel the Washington Wizards to a 97-94 victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night. Kuzma connected on four 3-pointers in the final quarter, including the go-ahead basket in the waning seconds of the game.  Kyle Kuzma's 4th three of the 4th quarter WINS IT for the @WashWizards! pic.twitter.com/T4MhNm71se— NBA (@NBA) November 11, 2021In all, Kuzma had 22 points and five rebounds against the Cavs and the win lifted Washington to an impressive 8-3 on the season. In addition to his productive play, Kuzma also found time to talk some trash to Cavs fans with a sign that said "LeBron won Kuzma his ring." After the game, Kuzma admitted that the jeers of those fans provided him with a bit of added motivation.  "There was some hecklers during the game talking to me," Kuzma said. "... They had a sign that said 'LeBron won Kuzma his ring.' I...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers guard Trevelin Queen. The Los Angeles Lakers don’t have many roster spots left but have plenty of competition heading into training camp. With rookie guard Austin Reaves recently getting signed, the team now has one guaranteed roster spot and one two-way contract left available. The team is planning to keep the guaranteed spot open heading into the season but is likely looking to find somebody to seize that two-way contract in training camp. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Lakers are adding guard Trevelin Queen to the mix. Free agent guard Trevelin Queen has signed a partially guaranteed training camp deal with the L.A. Lakers, his agent, Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management, told ESPN. He averaged 13.2 pts on 54% from 3 and 2.0 stl per game for the Lakers’ summer league team in Las Vegas — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) September 28, 2021 Queen came into the NBA as an undrafted rookie last year but didn’t get a chance to play in the regular season. He spent this offseason’s summer league with Los...
    Getty Zach LaVine Just when it appeared as though all of the offseason Chicago Bulls news would come without any worry or concern, we get wind of a potentially harmless, but possibly catastrophic happening with Zach LaVine. On Friday night, NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson reported LaVine is expected to sign with Klutch Sports Group. Zach LaVine is expected to sign with Klutch Sports Group, according to a league source. — K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) August 28, 2021 In case you’re unaware, Klutch Sports Group is an agency founded by LeBron James and his childhood friend Rich Paul. Klutch is the home for several NBA athletes including LaVine’s new teammate Lonzo Ball, James and his current teammate Anthony Davis, and several other big names. The immediate reaction from several Bulls fans is, “oh my God, is LeBron recruiting LaVine away from Chicago? You know, Zach is a free agent at the end of the season.” While anything can happen in free agency, and no one is signed, sealed and delivered until they’ve placed their John Hancock on the bottom...
    LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) The Lakers have already made a few big splashes this offseason, but what under-the-radar additions could make sense for their rotation? The Los Angeles Lakers have made some major pickups over the past few weeks. Acquiring Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony made for great dialogue, but those are only two of what will be an entirely revamped roster from what we saw last season. Who else could the Lakers pick up before the regular season starts?Los Angeles Lakers: Who else can they sign?With some additional cap space left, the opportunities to sign some bargain-bin free agents is pretty much endless. There’s three spots remaining, so what diamonds in the rough can this version of the Showtime Lakers pull out of the rubble to come out on top during this free agency season? Next: 3. James Ennis Next1 of 4Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse
    Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Lakers have put together quite an old team of veterans and former LeBron James teammates. Here are three more they could add. The Los Angeles Lakers are having an … interesting offseason. They traded for Russell Westbrook. They paired LeBron James with his longtime friend, Carmelo Anthony. And they brought in a number of established veterans (Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore) and former LeBron teammates (Dwight Howard) to round out the roster. With so many familiar faces back in LA, and limited cap space to work with to bolster a championship-caliber roster, why not keep the good vibes going back to the well of former LeBron James teammates? Here’s a look at three such players who are still available in 2021 NBA free agency and could actually (maybe) help the Lakers next year.3. J.R. SmithI know, I know. Let it go, and all that. J.R. Smith wasn’t even in the league last year, so this is admittedly a long shot. In fact, this spot was originally supposed to be filled by...
    Getty Malik Monk with LaMelo Ball. In the early stages of free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers roster has gotten a lot older with the additions of several veterans. For a brief moment, Anthony Davis was the youngest player on the team at 28. However, the team has finally added some youth. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have signed former Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk. Free agent G Malik Monk has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, source tells ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021 At 23-years-old, Monk is easily the team’s youngest player for the time being. This is a solid pickup for the Lakers as the guard brings scoring and shooting ability. Last season, he averaged 11.7 points a game and hit 40.1% of his threes. That should give Los Angeles a nice little shooting boost off the bench. Monk has primarily been a bench player throughout his career and only started in one game. He’ll likely become one of the Lakers’ key bench players throughout the season. He’s...
    Getty Lakers star LeBron James. LeBron James has been hard at work this offseason trying to ensure the Los Angeles Lakers do not face another first-round exit next season. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported James made a recruiting pitch for DeMar DeRozan to join the Lakers prior to the team making a blockbuster trade for Russell Westbrook. “James understood the importance of bringing in a third star at this juncture of his career,” Haynes explained. “San Antonio Spurs unrestricted free agent DeMar DeRozan was in talks with James, sources said, but the Westbrook deal eliminated that option because it would have required a sign-and-trade scenario and a Kuzma inclusion. The Lakers are not done making moves.” As Haynes indicated, the Lakers acquisition of Westbrook make it more challenging for DeRozan to head to Los Angeles. Not only do the Lakers lack cap space, but they are sending the majority of their tradeable assets to the Wizards in the Westbrook deal. DeRozan on Free Agency Decision: ‘It’s All About Winning At This Point’DeRozan could sign with the Lakers...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. As confetti came down in Milwaukee, Los Angeles Lakers royalty Magic Johnson had a message for the team’s franchise player. Johnson told LeBron James that Giannis Antetokounmpo along with Kevin Durant are, “coming for your throne.” “Watch out LeBron…KD and Giannis are right there coming for your throne,” Johnson tweeted after the Bucks won the 2021 NBA Finals. It is a bit of an odd statement given Antetokounmpo just won his first championship. James’ four titles double Durant’s current resume as the Lakers superstar looks to catch Jordan’s six rings before he retires. Johnson would later go viral by suggesting that the Lakers need to make a run at Chris Paul. This echoes what Johnson told ESPN 710 Los Angeles during a June interview. “No question about it. I’d tell Jeanie I’d ask some money for CP3,” Johnson explained. “It’d be perfect for LeBron, for AD, and for the role players.”The Lakers Would Likely Need to Pull off a Sign-and-Trade to Add CP3 Johnson’s overall point is the...
    Getty NBA free agent guard Lance Stephenson. When LeBron James first joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, the front office led by Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka put together a rather odd roster. One of the players that the team signed was Lance Stephenson, who was noted for being a LeBron antagonist in the past. That 2018-2019 Lakers team disappointed and failed to make the playoffs. Johnson ended up resigning and Pelinka took over basketball operations. He made major changes to the roster and Stephenson was not among the players he decided to keep. Despite making a career out of being a solid role player and defender, nobody has taken a chance on the veteran guard since his Lakers stint. He’s attempted comebacks and even played in China for a bit. During a recent interview on Posted Up with Chris Haynes, Stephenson made his case as to why an NBA team should sign him. “I feel like I’m a great defender, I got better at my leadership skills and helping the younger guys and helping the team just...
    Pennsylvania police chief charged after threatening citizen over critical Facebook posts Supreme Court: Five things to watch in final weeks of term © Provided by CBS Sports Alex Caruso spent his first two years in the NBA playing on two-way deals, and has helped the Los Angeles Lakers grow into a championship team over the past seasons on a bargain-basement contract. Caruso's two-year, $5.5 million deal has turned into one of the most team-friendly contracts in all of basketball, but he will enter free agency this summer coming off a career year, and as such, he is expected to command a hefty pay raise.  League executives expect Caruso to command a salary of up to $12 million, according to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer. Restricted free agent Talen Horton-Tucker could land in a similar ballpark, but the Lakers will have the right to match any offer sheet he signs. Caruso is unrestricted, though, so he could leave no matter what the Lakers offer him.  Fortunately, the Lakers are confident that they can re-sign him for one reason, according to Fischer: He...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers were not in the best spot when LeBron James decided to sign with the team. They missed the playoffs in five straight seasons and weren’t heading in the right direction. After he was done in Cleveland, LeBron clearly wanted to play in a bigger market. Los Angeles made a lot of sense due to his interest in film. However, he may not have actually wanted to head to the city. According to Lisa Robinson of Vanity Fair on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast, LeBron preferred the idea of playing for the New York Knicks. “We heard that LeBron wanted to come to New York,” Robinson said. “And I have really good sources about this, that he was thinking about coming to New York but that his wife wanted to be in Los Angeles, wanted the kids to go to school in Los Angeles, and that just kiboshed the whole thing.” LeBron’s love for New York is common knowledge but it is surprising that he...
    LeBron James, James James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. Twitter/Goal/Getty/Anthony Neste In 2010, LeBron James was the most wanted free agent in NBA history. The New York Knicks had an unusual ploy to try and tempt James to the Big Apple. Team officials hired James Gandolfini to reprise his role as Tony Soprano in a short film for James. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the summer of 2010, LeBron James was possibly the most-sought after free agent in NBA history. His contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers was up, and pretty much every NBA team wanted a piece of him. Teams tried everything to get his signature, but no plan was as unusual as what the New York Knicks tried. According to Shattered: Hope, Heartbreak and the New York Knicks, a recent podcast from The Athletic, the franchise hired James Gandolfini to reprise his role as Tony Soprano in a special video to try and lure James to New York. The never-seen film also featured Edie Falco, who reprised her role as Carmela Soprano for the video, and...
    Indefinitely, LeBron James Lakers crystallizes the nation’s concerns. Nevertheless, the king gained good faith by discovering details of what appeared during his last voyage. Two weeks ago, he left the floor of the Staples Center and then did not step on it. First, LeBron James He is forced to watch his teammates struggle to stay on top of the Western Conference without him. The day after he fell, his first appearance on the owner’s bench stunned even fans. LeBron is behind the Lakers bench with a boot over an injured right ankle. pic.twitter.com/91vJoOT0fc – Sports Center (p Sports Center) March 22, 2021 The king, fitted with an imposed brace to escape the injured ankle, signaled that his absence would not last a few days. This notion was later confirmed, with a clinical diagnosis prescribing a recovery period of several weeks. News, they I haven’t wanted to be good since. Read this too Lockers get stronger and sign on a shooter! However, the MVP of the 2020 finals has not been deterred from making the...
    LeBron James and Stephen Curry wearing the same uniform? Now that would be a dream team — emphasis on dream. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who has been covering James since the four-time MVP was in high school, floated the possibility as he pointed to James praising Curry at this month’s NBA All-Star Game as the start of his recruitment. “I thought it was hilarious, over All-Star weekend, LeBron praising Steph up one side and down the other, how much he loves his game, how much he respects him,” Windhorst said on his “Hoop Collective” podcast. “LeBron has obviously begun the recruiting of Steph, just in the event that he wouldn’t extend and that somehow he would become a free agent and the Lakers would have a swing at him.” ESPN’s Warriors reporter, Nick Friedell, was quick to shoot down the idea on the podcast. Curry did not sign a contract extension before the season, which currently means he could become a free agent in 2022, but delaying the extension also makes him eligible to sign an even bigger deal with the...
    More On: nba Leon Rose needs to become most important Knick of all Sports agent alleges rival lured Knicks star away with $35K truck Knicks castoff expected to land with NBA title contender Rival coach compares Zion Williamson to Hall of Famer: ‘Unusual force’ LeBron James and Stephen Curry wearing the same uniform? Now that would be a dream team — emphasis on dream. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who has been covering James since the four-time MVP was in high school, floated the possibility as he pointed to James praising Curry at this month’s NBA All-Star Game as the start of his recruitment. “I thought it was hilarious, over All-Star weekend, LeBron praising Steph up one side and down the other, how much he loves his game, how much he respects him,” Windhorst said on his “Hoop Collective” podcast. “LeBron has obviously begun the recruiting of Steph, just in the event that he wouldn’t extend and that somehow he would become a free agent and the Lakers would have a swing at him.” ESPN’s Warriors reporter, Nick Friedell, was quick...
    U.S. carries out 13th and final execution under Trump administration Paralysis blamed for National Guards absence at U.S. Capitol riots LeBron James leaving Coke after almost 18 years to sign endorsement deal with Pepsi, per reports © Provided by CBS Sports LeBron James has been synonymous with the Coca-Cola brand since before his NBA career even began. He originally signed with them in the summer of 2003, before he took the floor with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and has remained with Coke ever since. Over the years, he became one of their most prominent endorsers, specifically for Sprite and Powerade, but after nearly 18 years, that marriage is coming to an end. In a deal first reported by Front Office Sports and later confirmed by ESPN's Brian Windhorst, James will sign a new endorsement deal with Pepsi, the official beverage partner of the NBA. James is expected to promote the Mountain Dew brand with Pepsi. Mountain Dew has signed a number of NBA players to endorsement deals in recent years, including Zion Williamson.  James' deal with Coke expired in 2020,...
    The Los Angeles Lakers have secured a long-term future with their two most important players by signing new contracts with Anthony Davis and LeBron James in the coming days this week. Lockers and Davis have agreed to a five-year, $ 190 million maximum contract, Rich Paul of Clutch Sports, an agent for both Davis and James, said Thursday. On Wednesday, Paul said James and the Lockers agreed to a two-year maximum contract extension worth nearly $ 86 million. Davis, 27, became an unrestricted free agent after helping the Lakers win the 17th Championship in ownership in October, but he has not negotiated with any other team. After taking some time to consider the various contract lengths, Davis accepted the longest contract he could with Los Angeles. This includes a player option that gives him the right to return to the free agency after the 2023-24 season. Late this month, James, 36, took the longest contract he could without enforcing more than 38 rules of the NBA, which prevents older players from signing multi-year contracts. He previously had player options for...
    LeBron James. Mark J. Terrill/AP Images LeBron James signed a surprise, two-year, $85 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. An obscure age-related rule has again foiled James' ability to sign a massive, five-year, maximum contract. Under the "over-38" rule, James would have lost money if he had waited to sign a 5-year max contract next year. This same rule affected James with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. LeBron James has twice been the victim of a little-known NBA rule meant to protect teams' payrolls. On Tuesday, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that James signed a two-year, $85 million extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. James had the opportunity to hit free agency in 2021; he will now be a free agent in 2023. As The Athletic's John Hollinger noted, the 8% annual raises James sees on the deal are greater than the percentage of the salary cap he could earn by becoming a free agent. However, Hollinger also noted that if James had opted out in 2021, he couldn't have signed...
    Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo may have publicly stated that he has no interest in leaving his team to join forces with other superstars and take an easier road to win his first NBA championship title. However, it would be a different question if big names expressed their desire to team up with him in Milwaukee. In a recent interview with the Greek network Cosmote TV, Antetokounmpo discussed several interesting topics, including the possibility of playing with other superstars on the Bucks. If players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis decided to leave their respective teams to join him in Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo said that he is willing to accept a lesser role as long as it would give him a realistic chance of reaching the NBA Finals and bringing home the Larry O’Brien Trophy. “If LeBron, Durant, Davis came to Milwaukee, I would be fine,” Antetokounmpo said, as translated by Miles Lockhart of Sportskeeda. “I do not care who is first, second, third. I want to win. At 18 I did not understand, but now I want...
    Getty LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers have made some big moves this offseason as they eye a championship repeat. However, the Lakers have their eyes on much bigger things next offseason as they brace for an eventual transition from LeBron James. With the way things are setting up, the Lakers are in a prime position to land a star to play alongside Anthony Davis for the foreseeable future next summer, bracing for the eventual slowdown of the 35-year-old James. While he’s still putting up MVP-type numbers, eventually he’ll hand the keys fully over to Davis in Los Angeles. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne broke down what the Lakers are looking at during a spot on the Mason and Ireland Show. She mentioned that one of the Clippers stars — either Kawhi Leonard (29 years old) or Paul George (30) could be on the Lakers’ wishlist. Both could become unrestricted free agents if they decline their player options for the 2021-22 season. “[The Lakers] have positioned themselves to have cap space next...
    Rumors have been continuously swirling around reigning MVP and DPOY Giannis Antetokounmpo and his future with the Milwaukee Bucks since they got defeated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Bucks remain confident that Antetokounmpo would sign the massive contract extension that they offered, but as of now, the “Greek Freak” hasn’t given any assurance if he would ink a new deal or test the free agency market in the summer of 2021. One of the teams that are closely monitoring Antetokounmpo’s situation in Milwaukee is the Los Angeles Lakers. In a recent appearance on ESPN Radio, Brian Windhorst of ESPN revealed that Davis is purposely delaying signing a new contract with the Lakers to see what Antetokounmpo plans to do with his contract extension. If Antetokounmpo declines to sign a new deal with the Bucks this offseason, Windhorst claimed that Davis is likely to sign a two-year contract with a player option in the second year with the Lakers so he and LeBron James could recruit the “Greek Freak” to Los Angeles when he becomes an...
    Hospitalizations, cases soar amid busy travel week US national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Brian Windhorst Raises Wild Theory About Possible Lakers Pursuit of Giannis Antetokounmpo The Giannis Antetokounmpo sweepstakes will be theoretically in full swing for as long as the Milwaukee Bucks superstar holds off on signing the supermax extension only the Bucks can offer him. The team made some big moves already this offseason to convince their franchise cornerstone they're all-in, most notably trading a huge package of picks and players for Jrue Holiday. But Giannis still hasn't signed the extension, so the rumor mill will continue to churn about his immediate future and where he could end up if not in Milwaukee. © Provided by The Big Lead Giannis Antetokonmpo and LeBron James | Harry How/Getty Images The Los Angeles Lakers have been even busier than the Bucks during their brief offseason following an NBA title won in Orlando. They've replaced four important rotation players from the 2019-20 season with a new crop of veterans and seem poised to turn...
    Wesley Matthews is leaving Milwaukee and joining the Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers might’ve made an extremely savvy move by trading for Dennis Schroder, but the deal cost them Danny Green, a veteran who will give you competence on both ends of the floor. In order to replace a veteran 3-and-D guard, the Lakers found another aging sniper on the free-agent market, as they coaxed Wesley Matthews into leaving the Milwaukee Bucks for the famous purple and gold. Matthews left the Bucks for LeBron James and the Lakers, agreeing to a one-year contract worth just $3.6 million, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania: Wes Matthews is signing a one-year, $3.6M deal with the LA Lakers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. https://t.co/fYHthoXFjE — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 20, 2020 Wesley Matthews is the type of veteran sharpshooter LeBron will loveAfter starting his career with the Utah Jazz, Matthews played the bulk of his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks, with whom he averaged 14.5 points per game on 38 percent shooting from long range. While he bounced around the...
    CEOs say they need to do more to fight racism. This is how they plan to do it Chipotle is giving away burritos on Halloween — and this year, you dont need to wear a costume Report: Anthony Davis plans to decline player option, re-sign with Lakers Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Anthony Davis, who holds a $28,751,774 player option, said he had no idea about free agency. But everyone knew Davis – on the big-market team he always wanted to join, represented by LeBron James‘ agent (Rich Paul), coming off a championship – would stay with the Lakers. We’re starting to see the mechanics of how. Shams Charania of The Athletic: Davis plans to opt out of his $28.7 million player option and re-sign with the Lakers, sources tell The Athletic. Davis can name his price. His max salary will be less than his player-option amount only if the salary cap falls below $95,839,247. That seems highly unlikely. The big question: How long will Davis sign for? He could re-sign for up to...
    Massive wildfires scorch California as threat of lightning igniting more blazes looms Dollar Generals push to fill stores with fresh produce and frozen-food options gives the chain a big box feel LeBron James is Lucky Paul George Didnt Sign With Lakers Back in 2018 In the summer of 2018, Lakers fans dreamed of a star duo joining their franchise in free agency and leading their storied franchise back to their traditional place atop the NBA hierarchy. It all seemed to line up perfectly too, with free agents LeBron James and Paul George both interested in heading to LA; the former was focused on growing his media empire there and the latter wanted to return to the area where he grew up. © Provided by The Big Lead LeBron James and Paul George. Then the unthinkable happened. After LeBron signed with the Lakers, George opted to re-sign with the Thunder. George said at the time it was because he loved the franchise and playing with Russell Westbrook, but after forcing a trade to the Clippers a year later, it was...
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 10: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks at the Brooklyn Nets bench after his three pointer during a 104-102 Nets win at Staples Center on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Now that Anthony Davis forced his way to L.A., don’t expect him to leave anytime soon Anthony Davis can opt out of his contract after this season with the Lakers, and while he’s expected to do so to take full advantage of the financial system, Rob Pelinka and Co. have plenty of financial capital necessary to keep him in the City of Angels. AD has formed a dynamic duo with LeBron James, and LBJ’s pitch included making Davis the face of the Lakers in due time. Davis, who will be 28 years old next season, is ready to take over that role when called upon.Will...
    Back in 2010, while most teams were looking to bag the ‘Big Three’ in that free agency, Chicago Bulls were running the race as well. Joakim Noah is known for not having a healthy equation with LeBron James. But according to ESPN writer, Brian Windhorst, Noah also made an attempt to get him to the Bulls which LeBron clearly shrugged off. Among several managements trying to sign the big deal, the Bulls were also expanding their cap space for a year. But it seems like while others were getting hold of the duo, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat was the only one eyeing the ‘Big Three’. Derrick Rose was indifferent to the recruiting process of LeBron James and others According to ESPN’s detailed article on LeBron’s ‘The Decision’ of 2010, Joakim Noah took the effort to call LeBron during his free agency despite their ‘acrimonious’ relationship. But the GOAT didn’t return his call to take the favor. At that time Bulls were incapable of signing three stars and held the space for only two of them. In order...
    TV shows that are canceled or ending in 2020 Chase Rice responds to controversial concert Rumor: LeBron James planned to sign with Knicks until ‘disaster’ meeting in 2010 It feels like fait accompli now: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joining forces with the Heat in 2010. © AP Photo/Jason Miller But did the Knicks – owned by James Dolan and run by Donnie Walsh, who dealing with health issues – actually once have the inside track on signing LeBron? Bill Simmons on “The Bill Simmons Podcast:” From everyone that I’ve talked to in the know since then, it’s clear that the Knicks were the first choice. And I’m sorry Knicks fans, earmuffs. But it was basically the Knicks’ to lose, and they just couldn’t stay out of their own way. And the stories are legendary. They had the legendary meeting. Donnie Walsh was in the wheelchair, and Dolan was Dolan. And it was just a complete – they didn’t have anything prepared. And it just couldn’t have gone worse, by all accounts. It was a disaster. The...
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