LeBron James To Become A Los Angeles Laker In 2014?
Wait, what? How are we even talking about this with the Heat fresh off of winning the NBA title and the start of the 2012-2013 season right around the corner? Well, it appears that the gears started turning about LeBron James becoming a Laker when Kobe Bryant suggested to CBSSports.com that he’ll likely retire after the 2013-2014 season, at the age of 35. It’s something that Bryant has also suggested over the summer to Yahoo! Sports. Whether Kobe follows through with that has yet to be seen; but the fact that he’s only the second player in the league to command a $30 million a year contract (the other being Michael Jordan) makes it obvious that the Lakers will have to fill the void should Bryant decide to call it a career. This will loosen up a whole lot of money heading into the 2014-2015 season when Steve Nash and possibly Dwight Howard will be the only players signed for that season. With No. #1 draft picks on the docket, the Lakers will have a ton of money and will likely make a run at the one and only LeBron James.
Obviously, with the Heat still being championship contenders for the next couple of years, it will take a lot to coerce King James to leave South Beach for the City of Angels. But considering that he’s not making the maximum and there are already key tools in place, perhaps James will entertain the idea of becoming the King of Los Angeles.
According to ESPN.com:
“The agent part probably doesn’t matter. LeBron is the best player in the league and he’s making less than the max, so unless he’s seriously hurt he’s going to opt out in 2014, if only because I would assume he wants and deserves to get a true max,” said one league executive. “Even if the Heat win the next two titles there’s a feeling that LeBron is going to become a free agent in two years no matter what.”
Let the free agent games begin.