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What Could LeBron James Do to Help the Lakers Sign Giannis Antetokounmpo?

What Could LeBron James Do to Help the Lakers Sign Giannis Antetokounmpo?

Giannis Antetokounmpo embracing LeBron James

Giannis Antetokounmpo has molded himself into one of the best players in the league. With more than a season to go for his contract to expire, speculations on the possible scenarios when it eventually expires have already begun.

Many teams are reported to be looking to be planning ways to lure him in if he does plan to move away from Milwaukee. Teams need to put in a lot of thought because of Giannis’ salary. Teams will have to spend a significant amount of money which could break their salary cap.

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How LeBron James could help if Los Angeles Lakers wish to sign Giannis Antetokounmpo

Amongst the teams that could sign Antetokounmpo is the Lakers. However, the Lakers already have two players, LeBron James and Anthony Davis under a max contract.

James is in the second year of four-year, $154 million deal he signed with LA last year. Although Davis will be an unrestricted free agent next year, he is wildly expected to re-sign with the Lakers.

Antetokounmpo’s four-year, $100,000,000 contract will expire after the 2020-21 season when the teams will be looking to swoop him in.

For the Lakers to add Giannis without losing either of their two stars, they will need James to compromise. If James, who will turn 37 by the end of 2017, agrees to sign a new contract with a lesser salary, they can be financially ready to get Giannis. The motivation for LeBron to do it would be the prospect of getting a shot at adding more title(s) to his career achievements. If the Lakers do manage to get James, Davis, Antetokounmpo together, they will be a formidable force in the NBA.

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