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LeBron James signing contract extension has interesting consequence for Lakers

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 12/3/2020 Larry Brown Sports
LeBron James et al. walking in the snow: With LeBron's extension, the Lakers might have a more difficult time getting a different star player. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports With LeBron's extension, the Lakers might have a more difficult time getting a different star player.

LeBron James on Wednesday agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, which is good news for the team. But it does have one other consequence and will likely put some rumors to rest.

Anthony Davis is a free agent and still has not signed a new deal with the Lakers. One theory for why he hadn’t yet signed was that he was waiting to see what Giannis Antetokounmpo did first. The thinking is that if Giannis did not commit to the Milwaukee Bucks long-term, Davis and James would take less money to make room for Antetokounmpo on the Lakers.

But with James agreeing to a two-year, $85 million extension with the Lakers, the chances of that happening are reduced. The Lakers would have less money available for free agents next offseason and would need Giannis and Davis each to take about $5.6 million less than their max amount in order to make it happen.

So the consequence to LeBron taking max money is that it takes the Lakers out of the running for Giannis, unless Antetokounmpo and AD take reduced pay. Maybe Giannis is planning to re-sign with the Bucks anyway, which would make this entire scenario moot.

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