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LeBron and AD are the keymakers!

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“Definitely going to consider Dennis in the starting lineup.”

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Do LeBron and AD Extensions Kill Lakers’ Hopes for Giannis?

The Lakers also seemed to be building a relationship with another agency in Octagon, where Giannis Antetokounmpo is partnered with Alex Saratsis and Jeff Austin. Is it a coincidence that Schroder, Matthews and the younger Antetokounmpo are all with Octagon?

Wasn’t it that first year with Caldwell-Pope, a year before James’ arrival in Los Angeles, that the Lakers began to build a relationship with Paul and Klutch? It doesn’t take much to see the Lakers were trying to follow the same path.


Enough with the third star already. The Lakers just won the title and upgraded the roster. Now they can play out the 2020-21 season to see if they have the right fit around Davis and James.

If Schroder is the secondary playmaker/scorer to complement James, then they can reinvest in him after this season. Kuzma is extension-eligible, and if he continues to grow, they should give him a contract.

Harrell may be looking for a bigger payday (he has a player option after the season), but he too could be a long-term piece for the Lakers.

Take away the pressure to build a superteam, and the Lakers may actually have something special already. James and Davis together in and of itself is more than what nearly any team has to offer.

At some point, James will start to slow down as he ages. But if last season is any indicator, he and the Lakers will remain a force for some time.

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Lakers Talking Extension With Kyle Kuzma

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NBA will not test players for marijuana this upcoming season

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NBA targeting March 25 for its 2020-21 season trade deadline

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Strong support for increasing active players for games from 13 to 15

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“I think I can get better in every area… it’s an overall thing for me.”

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Why did Anthony Davis re-sign with the Lakers for five years

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Anthony Davis finalizing five-year max contract with Los Angeles Lakers!

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LeBron James’s Extension Was More Than Just a Formality

As calculated as he is talented, the Lakers star remains a step ahead with a savvy two-year deal that takes him through his 20th NBA season and secures that the team’s future will be on his terms.

Seven years after negotiating a rich new contract extension as the agent for a 35-year-old Kobe Bryant, Rob Pelinka—now the vice president of basketball operations for the Lakers—made arrangements to reward another 35-year-old legend, this time from the other side of the table.

The beneficiary is LeBron James, who on Wednesday agreed to a two-year, $85 million extension that will commit him to the Lakers through 2023 and his 20th NBA season. James wasn’t a free agent this offseason, but his long-term retention bolsters what was already a more-than-compelling title defense.

Just last month, the Lakers poached Sixth Man of the Year winner Montrezl Harrell away from the neighboring Clippers, traded for Dennis Schröder, added Marc Gasol and Wesley Matthews, and re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Soon they’ll strike a deal with Anthony Davis—who shares an agent with LeBron—on the terms of a new contract for the length of his choosing, an agreement conceived in the era of empowerment James brought about.

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Why LeBron James didn’t wait to extend with the Lakers

James was watching four years ago when friend Dwyane Wade had an acrimonious departure from the Miami Heat in a contract dispute. At 35 with knee issues, Wade got an offer from the Heat that was significantly less than he wanted, and it led to his departure to the Chicago Bulls.

Wade later reunited with the Heat and had a pleasant end to his career, but it was a lesson James remembered.

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This has never been an issue for Lakers greats over the years. They took care of Kobe Bryant with a two-year extension when he was coming back from a torn Achilles. They took care of Magic Johnson at the end of his career.

At this minute, that doesn’t seem like it would be something James would need to worry about. He just finished second in the regular-season MVP voting. Common sense would say James could continue to be paid top dollar for the foreseeable future.

But his first season in L.A. was derailed by a groin injury, and coming into last season there were plenty of speculation that maybe the three-time Finals MVP had lost a step. If James had wanted a greater commitment after that first tumultuous season in L.A., would the Lakers have reciprocated?

It’s moot now, there’s a banner going up soon and he’s extended — but it’s a window into how James is truly thinking at this stage.

This is ultimately a conservative move by James and Paul, who are known for being aggressive with contracts. It does line up with their goal for the last six years, which was to get James paid. It wasn’t until the 2014-15 season, James’ 12th in the league, that he was the highest-paid player on his team.

And it wasn’t until the current collective bargaining agreement, which James helped negotiate as union vice president, that he could even sign a contract like this. The old rule limited multiyear contracts to when players turned 36, which James will on Dec. 30.

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Rockets trade Westbrook to Wizards for Wall and first-round pick

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This Ain’t Going to Be Like It Was In the Bubble

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AD Likely to Sign a 2+1 contract to align with LeBron

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