What Lakers will try to do now after LeBron James coup

Doug Mendoza
July 2, 2018

James reportedly agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the team Sunday, according to Klutch Sports and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. In other words, would they and James be okay not contending for a championship this year if it meant adding Leonard next summer and keeping all of their young core?

Without making the moves Smith suggested, the Lakers would be at least $10 million short to sign two veteran players to max deals, but it is not clear if Los Angeles would offer a player like DeMarcus Cousins a max contract.

He fulfilled his promise to bring a championship to northeast OH and, despite losing to the Golden State Warriors in back-to-back NBA Finals, he solidified his reputation as the best player in the league, especially after leading an underwhelming supporting cast to the title series last month, one that ended in a 4-0 sweep in the hands of the Warriors.

Coming off a 35-win season, the Lakers obviously have a lot work to do in reshaping their roster to compete with the Warriors. Here's what's being said. This ended more than a year of rumors that LeBron would be headed to the Lakers, and the deal may kick off even more fireworks for the Lakers.

The Sixers big man has often publicly recruited the former Cavs superstar and now that James has officially become an unrestricted free agent, Embiid's squad are certainly in the running to land the four-time MVP.

James was in contact with the team when National Basketball Association free agency opened on Sunday, a person familiar with the contact told The Associated Press.

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So congratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the NBA's premier franchises.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -LeBron James is leaving the Cavaliers.

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James and the Cavaliers had been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015. Players with 7-9 years of experience, can earn a max salary of $30.3 million.

Woj also dropped the bomb that, despite talks between San Antonio and Los Angeles cooling in recent days, Kawhi Leonard still remains hell-bent on becoming a Laker next season as well, lining the Lakers up to suddenly springboard back into title contention.

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