Los Angeles Lakers fans can sleep well tonight. LeBron James and the Lakers’ relationship blossomed with a new deal. The 2020 NBA champions and the Finals MVP agreed to a two-year extension worth about $85 million, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday.
As the Los Angeles Clippers fell under scrutiny Wednesday due to a massive story from The Athletic, the big brother franchise of the city of angels becomes stronger.
A sigh of relief is on hold as the other half of the championship duo, Anthony Davis, has yet to put ink to pen and is technically still a free agent. However, Davis’ signing with the Lakers seems inevitable at this juncture.
Only a day after the reveal of the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule, the gifts continue to pile under the tree for the LA franchise. Despite James turning 36 later this month, Father Time feels behind in its typically favorable position dealing with players in their 30s.
In what seemed like an immense improvement in James’ defensive efforts, James bought into Lakers head coach Frank Vogel’s defensive system as he led the league’s third-best defense into a 16-4 playoff run.
With James under contract for another three seasons, the present is as glowing as the lights on the holiday tree. Perhaps with the news of James’ extension, Davis will follow with his decision.
Following a season in which he finished second in MVP voting, the four-time NBA champion will look to continue his greatness on and off the court in his third season with the Los Angeles Lakers.