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While the Lakers pine for LeBron, his next home remains a my

Postautor: lucky » 18 gru 2017, o 08:53

Ever since she chose her seats nearly two decades ago in http://www.officialcardinalsnflproshop.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_JUSTIN_BETHEL_JERSEY.html the second row across from the home bench at Staples Center, Los Angeles Lakers co-owner and president Jeanie Buss has entertained celebrities, business moguls and NBA power brokers there. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is a frequent guest. Her former fiancé Phil Jackson sat there for a half on the night Shaquille O'Neal's jersey was retired. On any night, you might find Larry David, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Connors or P.K. Subban in that prime seat. Sitting with Buss at a Lakers game -- even for a few minutes -- is making it in L.A.
NBA agent Rich Paul got the invitation on the night of Oct. 23. He had just settled into the third row behind the visitors bench to watch the Lakers debut of his client Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Paul, of course, also represents the biggest star in the NBA -- LeBron James -- who is expected to become a free agent after the season. And as we saw when he was a free agent in 2010 and 2014, James has the ability to change the balance of power in the entire league.
So when Paul, wearing one of his trademark high-end leather jackets, walked over to Buss' seats and sat next to her during the first half, NBA Twitter began to buzz. Buss was sitting with LeBron James' agent. LEBRON'S AGENT! Authentic Guy Lafleur Jersey Was the fantasy of sports talk radio -- that LeBron will consider the Lakers in free agency -- legit? Or was this just another celebrity photo op at a Lakers game meant to http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com/andrew-adams-jersey-for-sale-c-56.html wag the dog?
Intentionally or not, LeBron has also fueled the Lakers rumors on several occasions. In July, he showed up to a Lakers summer league game in Las Vegas and sat courtside to watch Lonzo Ball in the midst of winning MVP. In September, he and his wife toured a private high school in nearby Sherman Oaks. And what about the second home in Brentwood -- the brand-new one with http://www.officialsbuccaneersprostore.com/Cameron_Brate_Jersey_Cheap the upgraded amenities that was even nicer than the mansion he owns on famed Rockingham Drive -- that he was in the process of purchasing?
When the Lakers signed Caldwell-Pope this summer, it was widely believed that at least some of their motivation was to use the season to show him and, by extension, Paul what the Laker life was all about -- well, what the Laker life Saku Koivu Jersey was like after Buss boldly fired her brother Jim Buss and longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak in February, replaced them with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, who then drafted electric rookie Lonzo Ball, whose overzealous father had seemingly spoken his path to the NBA's glamour franchise into being.
But Buss felt boldness was necessary after the Lakers had fallen into the lottery four years in a row. Los Angeles is a town that doesn't tolerate mediocrity for very long. Be interesting or be forgotten quickly here. And with Kobe Bryant two years into retirement, the Lakers were flirting with irrelevance. They needed new energy and Matt Martin Jersey new stars as soon as possible. Enter Ball, who has drawn comparisons to luminaries like Johnson and Jason Kidd. And enter salary cap space, which the Lakers have made little secret they intend to use to pursue superstar players -- like James and Southern California native Paul George -- in free agency next summer.
James has signed three deals with the Cavs just since 2014. In each of those deals, Paul and his partner Mark Termini have prioritized getting James maximum http://www.authenticflyerstore.com/authentic-1-bernie-parent-jersey.html money, not just for that season, but timing the deals so James can maximize his earning potential for the rest of his career.
Their position has always been to sign for the max and to maintain maximum leverage over both James' career and the franchise. In fact, when James left the Miami Heat and returned to Cleveland in 2014, there really wasn't a negotiation at all. Paul and Termini met with his suitors -- the Suns, Lakers, Bulls, Mavericks, Heat and Cavs -- and told them to be prepared to offer a max contract and not Authentic Lucas Nogueira Jersey a penny less. If James chose their franchise, he would subsequently decide how many years he'd sign for. Several of the teams walked into the meeting without max cap space, including the Cavs, and it forced action. (Cleveland traded three players and offloaded $10 million to clear space for James in 2014.)
The middle of the regular season is not the time for final decisions, but James' position on maximum contracts hasn't changed, sources said. Here's what that means: Teams who hope to pitch James next July ought to plan to have the max to offer, which is projected to be about $35 million. For now, there are no plans for James to grant a Kevin Durant-esque discount to any team so that friends can get paid or a better roster can be constructed.
Something else a team will need: stars. The last time a team was able to pry James away from his hometown, it took an incumbent star, Dwyane Wade, and a joining star, Chris Bosh. Wholesale NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal Cheap Jerseys Online Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Paypal NHL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply Cheap Hockey Jerseys
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