Winners and Losers From The First Week of NBA Free Agency

06 July, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Shawn Conner
  • LeBron James' $154 Million LA Lakers Decision Helps Drive Sales for Fanatics

Since pulling off the major coup of adding the best player in the world to their ranks, the Lakers have been hard at work constructing a solid roster around James.

As far as narratives go, few could have been more tantalizing.

As of Wednesday, LeBron James reportedly had "zero contact" with his new head coach.

When the Los Angeles Lakers were long-viewed as the favorites to land LeBron James in free agency this summer, nothing was guaranteed.

Just last week he addressed rumours saying the Lakers might deal Lonzo this offseason, saying if they did, it would be the "worst move they ever made". The Lakers also agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is a quality player that can contribute on both ends of the court.

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It is unclear if interim coach Fernando Hierro will continue in a job he did not seek before Julen Lopetegui was sent home. That was his last significant action as Spain's final throw of the dice saw Asensio replaced by Rodrigo.

While the calibre of talent remains way short of the Warriors, and even the Rockets, Jones claimed James had signed up for the long-term nature of the project, suggesting the team would improve steadily over time. He won't be a primary playmaker like James, Rondo or Ball, but as a change-of-pace option off the bench he'll also be able to relieve LeBron for small stretches.

Take Kawhi Leonard, for example. The four-time NBA All-Star, who called the Warriors to solicit his services, has career averages of 21.5 points, 11 rebounds per year game in eight seasons, including 25.2 and 12.9 last season with the Pelicans. The addition of LeBron James in the Lakers squad means we will get to see some wonderful action this Lakers vs Warriors game and for good.

It is very likely that Lakers' front office discussed these deals with James and his representatives prior to finalizing them, which means he doesn't have the same concerns that many people outside of the Lakers' organization do.

I was a LeBron fan before most of you had heard of him. "I think that's been overstated".

"Kevin Durant ain't coming to L.A. Kevin Durant plans to stay in Golden State". It's also a flawless place to be when his career ends, as he likely will become even more involved with the movie production company he owns. Many NBA fans might remember the iconic highlight of Stephenson blowing into James' ear during the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. Sometimes, the best move to take a major player off the board.

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