The Lakers have the most cap space of any National Basketball Association team in the league, giving them ultimate flexibility when constructing a team for next season.According to Hoops Rumors, a free agent like LeBron James, i.e. any player with 10+ years of experience, can make a max salary of $35.35 million next season.
Now he joins an iconic franchise that produced the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West and won 16 National Basketball Association championships.
The Lakers are also continuing their pursuit of Kawhi Leonard to add another superstar to pair with James.
And that the move will result in a lot more Lakers fans now.
LeBron James's move to the LA Lakers has got a lot of high-profile stars excited.
James, an Akron native, is expected to sign a 4-year, $154-million deal.
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That comes following a season in which he played in just 18 games across three teams.
Caldwell-Pope, 25, will head into his second season with the Lakers after finishing a one-year, $18 million deal.
As has been the case in the past, James didn't have enough help as the Cavs were swept, dropping him to 3-6 in the NBA Finals - a record sometimes used to compare him to Michael Jordan.
Embiid posted a message on Twitter that seemed to be directed at No. 23 and what it might be like to walk in the footsteps of Lakers legends like Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Shaquille O'Neal. If the Lakers' young players develop quickly, this team will be interesting to watch, but they also could be contenders soon.
On top of that, L.A. has become base for the entire James family in recent years.
In 82 games this season, James averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists. It was a stark contrast from eight years ago, when a poorly conceived TV special to announce his departure from Cleveland backfired and damaged James' image.
James' media ventures that include everything from product endorsements to running his own production company take place in Los Angeles.