LeBron James is leaving Cavs to sign four-year deal with Lakers

Dean Simpson
July 3, 2018

The Cavs can offer James significantly more money - $207 million over five years, compared to $153 million over four years - than the Lakers and 76ers.

Since news dropped that Leonard wants out of San Antonio, the buzz has stayed consistent.

Bryant isn't willing to get into that right now.

The Cavs could have significant salary-cap space in 2019-20, depending on what they do with Love, Tristan Thompson (who will make $18.5 million that season), Jordan Clarkson ($13.4 million), J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver.

If the Lakers do trade for Leonard, they will likely have to part with at least some of their intriguing young players.

James wasn't planning to have any face-to-face meetings, but Saturday night he met with Johnson, who sold him on his vision for the Lakers, the person told AP.

James, 33, is the latest-and one of the greatest-legends to play for the Lakers. The fourth season on the contract reportedly includes a player option. Lance's career peaked during his first stint with Indy, when he became widely known for his role as chief LeBron irritant with the Pacers.

One thing is for sure. They have LeBron, but they still don't have enough to take down the Warriors in the West. He then signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, which started his tour around the league.

Update 1: The Lakers have wasted no time in re-signing their own free agent, veteran guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who spent a year ago with the team.

Sources said Caldwell-Pope will re-sign on a one-year, $12 million deal and that Stephenson has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

We'll update you with any more deals. They're now linked like never before and if James wants to prepare for his eventual life after basketball, who better to learn from than Johnson, who has made a fortune as a business entrepreneur, or Bryant, an Academy Award victor.

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