If you come to James with an offer, it is now routine business for him to find a way to step back and increase the scale. And if he can’t, he probably won’t do it. Next year, James is expected to have the highest salary in the NBA for the first time in his 13-year career. He knew this in 2014, which is why he became the first megastar player to take a one-year contract (with a one-year player option) in the midst of his prime, and why he did the same this past summer, positioning himself to cash in on the upcoming salary-cap spike.
July 23, 2021 | 3:20 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety player protocols for 2021 Summer League in Las Vegas:
Ryan Wolstat: Evan Mobley, the top big man prospect in the NBA Draft, says Raptors are “a good player development organization. Players go there, they get better. Great city and all that. There’s a lot of different teams that have that aspect and Toronto is definitely one of them.”
Jonathan Wasserman: The Warriors are bringing back Trey Murphy and Chris Duarte for second workouts this weekend, per sources
In partnership with the Lakers, world-renowned fine artist Charly Palmer and a panel of three judges will select 15 up-and-coming and established artists of color to create original pieces of work that will be showcased at the inaugural 2022 In the Paint Art Exhibition at the Los Angeles Lakers’ UCLA Health Training Center next spring. The proceeds will benefit the Contributing Artists and support the growth and development of In the Paint initiatives. In addition, Mr. Palmer and accompanying panelists will select 10 local artists to receive grants supporting their development as artists and mentorship opportunities.