Theories and speculations regarding LeBron James’ professional future have been making headlines for months, including retirement rumors. That’s why fans were relieved to learn that he decided to play for at least another four years, signing with one of the most legendary teams in the league.
Earlier this month, James announced that he put his signature on a $154 million contract for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Reports cite the fact that LeBron thought the Lakers would make a team of superstars around him, to help him achieve even more success, as the reason why he chose to sign with them.
So far, it looks like that won’t happen this season. So far, they haven’t signed another superstar that can help him bring the Purple and Gold back to the NBA Finals.
However, according to recent reports, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka already have a plan when it comes to adding stars to their team. By giving Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Michael Beasley one-year contracts, the Lakers will have the salary cap flexibility for the summer of 2019. Then, LeBron James would get his chance to recruit his “fellow megahumans.”
“These moves are, apparently, all part of a larger plan. Though they are directionless in the interim, a series of one-year deals preserve the Lakers’ long-term flexibility. Stretching Luol Deng’s contract gives them a clear path to more than $35 million in space ahead of 2019 free agency, by which time James will have been putting down roots and recruiting fellow megahumans for an entire year,” stated Dan Favale.
As for next year, rumors already state that Kawhi Leonard is very interested in signing for the Lakers. Some other big players that are becoming free agents next year are Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, DeAndre Jordan, and DeMarcus Cousins.