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James agrees to four-year, $154 million deal with Lakers

03 July, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Basketball: Free agent fireworks set to begin for NBA teams

Despite being 33 years old and in his 15th National Basketball Association season, James played in all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.4 steals over 36.9 minutes per contest. He's also impressed with coach Brett Brown and the Sixers' state-of-the-art facility. However, sources have said that the Sixers are still in the hunt for trading for Leonard as well.

As the official opening of free agency draws closer there's a strong sense that James is leaning toward the Lakers.

The Lakers of course aren't the only team that would love to land James.

James isn't expected to drag his choice out over several days. The big man has taken to social media to help lure LeBron to Philly and make the 76ers seem at least a little bit more attractive to the highly sought-after free agent.

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Declining the US$5 million option - the second year of a two-year, US$10 million deal Nowitzki inked last summer - will give the Mavericks more financial flexibility in the free-agent negotiating period. Are the Lakers now in the driver's seat to land the King? But the All-Star forward opted to stick with the Thunder and will sign a four-year deal when teams are permitted to finalize contracts on June 6. James is now eligible to sign a five-year supermax deal with the Cavaliers that would be worth $205 million over five seasons. But if they choose not to do that, there will be few options for employment for Cousins or other players on the market for more than the mid-level exception.

James became a free agent when he declined to pick up the one-year, $35.6 million option in his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and reportedly did not take any meetings with teams from around the league, as he did in the summer of 2010.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS: Salary-cap space, business interests, iconic franchise.

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The Lakers have solid young talent in Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart, but not the usual coterie of stars who have joined James in the past.

"Hey Cleveland, is the basketball free agency mania triggering heartburn?" The terms were confirmed by a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can not become official until the league's offseason moratorium ends this week. He's the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers.

It's entirely freaky, but it really does go to show what an enormous pull James has and just how huge a moment it would be should he decide to take his talents to the Lakers. The appeal of playing for one of the league's most storied teams is another allure.

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