LeBron James is set to enter the final year of his current two-year contract with the Lakers. The four-time NBA champion will be eligible to sing an extension in early August.
While it is expected that he will reach an agreement with the team, there is some speculation that James could use his contract extension talks as a leverage to force the Lakers to make roster changes that he wants to see. The main one is thought to be the addition of Kyrie Irving.
NBA insider Brian Windhorst says that he does not sense that LeBron wants to leave the purple and gold. At the same time he points out the fact that his former team – the Cavaliers – will have huge cap space next summer.
“I don’t sense that LeBron wants to leave the Lakers,” Windhorst said on ESPN Daily. “But I would be remiss to not point out that the Cavs have positioned themselves to have huge salary cap space next summer when LeBron could potentially be a free agent and they have this growing young team. In fact, the team that they have right now is more potent than the team that they had that he returned to in 2014.”