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How LeBron James Max Contract Would Influence Lakers’ Wage Cap in NBA Free Company

Jack Murray July 2, 2024 Matthew Stockman/Getty Images The Los Angeles Lakers may need to dish out significant money to LeBron James. After the Lakers lost out in the Klay Thompson sweepstakes, the idea of getting James on a lesser deal seemingly went out the window. Assuming he signs a max contract, ESPN’s Bobby Marks

How LeBron James Max Contract Would Influence Lakers’ Wage Cap in NBA Free Company

Jack MurrayJuly 2, 2024

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The Los Angeles Lakers might have to dish out vital cash to LeBron James.

After the Lakers misplaced out within the Klay Thompson sweepstakes, the concept of getting James on a lesser deal seemingly went out the window. Assuming he indicators a max contract, ESPN’s Bobby Marks reported that the Lakers would want to shed round $25 million to make use of the non-tax mid-level exception.

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

Right here is the Lakers offseason if LeBron James signed for the utmost allowed.

Los Angeles would want to shave roughly $25M (and perhaps extra) of wage to have entry to the $12.8M non-tax mid-level exception.

Any sign-and-trade additionally arduous caps the Lakers on the $178.1M first…

The Lakers would spend $190 million on this state of affairs, which is $1.1 million over the second apron and $11.9 million over the primary apron.

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James’ play on the court docket makes him very deserving of a max contract. He averaged 25.7 factors, 8.3 assists and seven.3 rebounds in 71 video games in 2023-24 and nonetheless stays the focus of the Lakers at 39 years previous.

The Lakers have made the postseason 4 occasions throughout his tenure with the workforce and gained the 2019-20 NBA championship. He’s technically nonetheless a free agent open to the market, however all expectations are that he’ll return to the Lakers and play alongside his son in 2024-25 and probably past.

The Lakers went 47-35 and fell to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical of the playoffs in 2023-24.

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