The team was projected to have a little under $50 million to hand out. Whether they land Leonard or not, having James in a market like LA is the ultimate recruiting tool to bring other star players aboard.
For all the debate about whether the effervescent Magic Johnson possessed the charm to pull off this coup, James may have wanted the Lakers just as much as the Lakers wanted him. Players with 7-9 years of experience, can earn a max salary of $30.3 million.
Three-time National Basketball Association champion LeBron James has agreed to a four-year $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agency said on Sunday. With Cousins coming off an injury, the Lakers may be able to get Cousins at a discount.
LeBron has yet to make a free agency decision.
The decision to join the Lakers was not a surprise to his innermost circle, with one person telling AP that it had been presumed for some time that he was headed to Los Angeles next season. The Lakers, who went 35-47 in 2017-18, are also expected to make a strong push to trade for disgruntled San Antonio Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. He was slated to make $4.3 million.
Even the Los Angeles Rams extended their welcome to James. His oldest son, LeBron James Jr., is 13 years old.
Uruguay 3, Russian Federation 0
Because Russia had the advantage in goal differential from its first two group matches, it would have won the group with a draw. Gimenez scored in the team's opening match of the tournament, a 1-0 victory over Egypt .
As things stand now, Smith's projections have the Lakers with $59.96 million of cap space for 2019.
Stephenson and James are no strangers to each other.
LeBron James's 16th National Basketball Association season will be his first with the Los Angeles Lakers.
So congratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the NBA's premier franchises. But it does say quite a bit about the magnitude of LeBron's signing that it was worth breaking into a broadcast for.
When the free agency period begins on Sunday morning, LeBron James or any of his representatives will not have an in-person meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers officials, according to a report by ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
For right now, the Sixers have missed out on George and James, and the chances for Leonard are looking slimmer.