“1 Year, $999 Million… Contract Incoming”: Following LeBron James’ Arrival in Saudi Arabia, NBA Fans Create Wild Possibilities

Published 09/06/2023, 2:08 PM EDT

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Following the recent trend of athletes moving to Saudi Arabia in search of lucrative packages, a Lakers star has decided to follow a similar path. The Chosen One’s appearance in Saudi Arabia has stirred a brouhaha on the internet. After James Harden’s trade request from the Philadelphia 76ers, there were rumors about The Beard receiving a $900 million deal from a Saudi club. LeBron James was also recently spotted in the Middle East Country, shooting hoops with young players. Following his recent appearance, the internet has gone wild with their assumptions about a possible collaboration.

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Saudi Arabia has become an inviting destination for top players across the world. The Middle Eastern sports teams shelled out an impressive amount of money to bag superstar players across the world. Legendary player Cristiano Ronaldo inked a humongous $75 million-per-year contract with the Al Nassr FC. Considering this, Neymar followed suit and agreed to a contract by Al Hilal worth $300 million, along with other opulent perks. Lionel Messi was also offered a lucrative offer. However, he declined it and chose to play for Major League Soccer in the US.

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And now, LeBron James is currently visiting Saudi Arabia as a part of the “Visit Saudi” program. Naturally, ever since a recent video of King James in the Middle East country went viral, the internet has been ablaze with speculations of a possible move to Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia is offering contracts worth more than any player has ever received in the NBA history. In virtue of this, it is understandable if The Akron Hammer decides to sign a contract with them. Basketball is not as developed in Saudi Arabia as it is in America, which can hint at possible steps the country is taking by signing star players to develop the game in their country.

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The news about James Harden being offered a staggering $900 million deal turned out false. This, however, did not stop fans from dragging LeBron James into the conversation. In a recent Reddit thread, a user hinted at a possible deal between the Kid from Akron and Saudi Arabia. “1 year, $999 million dollar contract incoming for Bron to play in SA,” a user commented. Another user said, “LeBron signing a billion-dollar contract in Saudi Arabia would be the most LeBron thing ever.”

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In an episode of The Shop, LeBron had expressed his wish to own a Las Vegas team. In this backdrop, some comments also speculated how the deal could help him buy the franchise. “Bron getting w/ that Oil money to buy the Vegas team in a few years. LeShariah”. Some comments hinted at a collaboration between the superstar athletes. “With Wemby???” a user said, while another commented, “With Cristiano”. Another user commented, “Nah man this ain’t it”, expressing his discontentment.

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However, these are just speculation, since there is no official news about a contract. The training camp is slated for September 27, so hopefully we can have some clarity on his trip by then.

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Darshita Daga

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Darshita Daga is an NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing Bachelor’s in English, she’s a fervent sports enthusiast with a keen interest in sports journalism, specifically covering the NBA. She feels that words have the potential to capture the spirit of a game, evaluate moves, and portray the emotions that occur both on and off the court.
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