LeBron James told Lakers willing to part with both future first-round picks if it returns team to contention

LeBron James told Lakers willing to part with both future first-round picks if it returns team to contention

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LeBron James told Lakers willing to part with both future first-round picks if it returns team to contention

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L.A. has nonetheless pledged to James that it will indeed continue to aggressively pursue upgrades. League sources say James, in fact, has been assured that the Lakers are willing to trade both of their available future first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 if a trade that costs them both picks can realistically position the Lakers to return to contender status.
Source: Marc Stein @ marcstein.substack.com

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
New @John Hollinger & Duncan, on LeBron’s extension, Simmons settlement, the playoff series that most changed our opinion on a player, why we should/n’t have a max salary, and more hollinger-duncan.simplecast.com/episodes/summe…8:05 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
LeBron vs Steph head-to-head matchups (regular season and playoffs):
LeBron — Steph —
31/10/8 24/5/6
50/36/70% 44/40/92%
Steph is up 24-17 against King James. pic.twitter.com/p9E7Zp5wR37:38 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The latest from Lakerland on LeBron James’ contract extension and the Lakers’ ongoing attempts to keep adding to the cast around him: marcstein.substack.com/p/the-lakers-p…7:30 PM
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
How long can @LeBron James outrun father time? 👴
(h/t Low_Piece_2828/Reddit) pic.twitter.com/vfEuK9wnXU6:41 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers officially announced their contract extension with LeBron James. – 4:03 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Los Angeles Lakers officially announce contract extension for LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/bglc988JDr4:03 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Lakers make it official that they’ve signed LeBron James to a two-year extension: pic.twitter.com/PAxdG3X7Ud4:03 PM

Lev Akabas @LevAkabas
Watch the title of NBA player with the most career on-court earnings 🏀💰 get passed from Shaq to KG to @LeBron James 👑
BAR! CHART! RACE! 📊🏇
(data from @spotrac) pic.twitter.com/n7y0maFqa012:27 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2020, the @Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James had 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 16 assists in a loss to the Blazers in Game 1 of their first-round series.
James became the first (and still only) player in NBA history to record at least 20p/15r/15a in a postseason game. pic.twitter.com/w8tQe2fPAd12:01 PM

Get Up @GetUpESPN
“If you’re putting Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis and LeBron James on the same team, yes, you could win a world championship with those three.”
👀 @RealJayWilliams pic.twitter.com/KbGoHmeQ6111:57 AM

Lev Akabas @LevAkabas
With his contract extension yesterday, LeBron moved back ahead of Durant in the race for most guaranteed earnings in NBA history (and U.S. sports history, actually)
Read more from @kbadenhausen: https://t.co/RH08mvPSp0 pic.twitter.com/smkP7KdLJI11:57 AM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“He sent the message…I’m going to be here.”
Hear @Sam Mitchell tell @talkhoops why this was an easy decision for LeBron to sign an extension with the Lakers.
#LakeShow pic.twitter.com/2iJaofT1aN11:24 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Most PTS + REB + AST in a playoff run:
1,146 — LeBron (2018)
1,133 — Shaq (2000)
1,089 — Duncan (2003)
1,066 — Barkley (1993) pic.twitter.com/GnV7ZknAva11:24 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Another report LeBron “adamant” Lakers make roster upgrades as part of extension talks nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/18/ano…10:01 AM
Tom Ziller @teamziller
LeBron commits another year of his life to a failing small business. Sad ziller.substack.com/p/lebron-commi…9:14 AM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Bronny debuts another LeBron 20 colorway 👀 pic.twitter.com/TXVTivvdeZ9:08 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Notes from 2022 NBA schedule release: LeBron chasing Kareem, “baseball” series, nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/18/not…7:57 AM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Latest @BleacherReport Expert Takeaways from Reported LeBron James LA Lakers Extension bleacherreport.com/articles/10045…9:31 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
I’ll be on @SpectrumSN at 6 pm PT to discuss LeBron James’ extension, the Lakers’ schedule, Pau Gasol’s jersey retirement and more. pic.twitter.com/eyohxodhXK8:54 PM

More on this storyline

Adrian Wojnarowski: For LeBron James, he looked at the free agency landsacpe next summer, who might have cap space, and there was nothing that interested him enough, I’m told, to keep that option open and go into the season on an expiring contract -via YouTube / August 18, 2022

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