After experiencing several losing seasons without a chance at the postseason, Lakers fans were full of excitement. Players with 7-9 years of experience, can earn a max salary of $30.3 million.
Los Angeles will also provide James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism. With Cousins coming off an injury, the Lakers may be able to get Cousins at a discount. The Lakers are continuing to court other big-name free agents this summer. That came after the King was spotted landing in Los Angeles.
San Antonio Spurs: James reveres Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, but living in Texas doesn't seem appealing to the star's family and the Spurs are still trying to figure out what to do with Leonard, who can become a free agent after next season. There will nearly certainly be more talks with the Spurs about Leonard.
Even though James won't be present at the meeting, it's still significant.
The Lakers missed out on Paul George when free agency started.
Meanwhile, James continues talking with various teams, including his Cavaliers home.
As things stand now, Smith's projections have the Lakers with $59.96 million of cap space for 2019.
Even at 33, James remains one of the NBA's elite players, ranking among the league leaders in scoring (27.5 points per game) and various advanced measures during his 15th National Basketball Association season.
It appears that those hoping LeBron James would be joining the 76ers squad are in for some disappointing news. Just hours before LeBron's decision leaked, The Ringer noted that the Lakers had the inside track on Cousins as well. Short contracts are the new normal.
So much for the notion that stars would wait for James to decide his future before they would decide theirs.
The Klutch tweet had ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski beat by three minutes because, well, it was the original source. His deal with the Lakers is his longest since he signed for six years with Miami in 2010.
Durant's move means the Warriors not only got to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility in the deal since he could have gotten more money had the deal been structured differently.