That means we could quickly learn where LeBron James will play next season, as well as the fate of others on the open market.
Los Angeles also provides James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism. He could be there longer than usual.
Grant was set to be an unrestricted free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The money in the deal will vary based off of where the National Basketball Association salary cap ends up in the year he signs that future extension, but the real kicker for Oklahoma City is that they could have George for seven more seasons. By the time he announced, just over $900 million worth of new deals had been agreed upon, based on figures confirmed to the AP by people involved in the various decisions - nearly all of that money getting committed by teams in the West. The wide-eyes emoji was favored by other players, including Lakers draftee Moritz Wagner, as well as the Kings' Buddy Hield, the Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic and free agent Marreese Speights.
Paul George is back. It seems, however, that James is only the first of the Lakers' seismic hauls this off-season. His family is comfortable here and it's where he has complete control. He signed a four-year, $137 million deal. They missed the playoffs in 2017/18, and now have not made them for five seasons.
WHY NOT: Youth; the Western Conference.
Has Bradley really played eight seasons already? For the first time, I'm eager to hear what he has to say.
WHY: Rising team; staying in the East.
Simmons and James are represented by the same agent. The Sixers also have center Joel Embiid, 24, projected to become the game's next dominant big men.
"So, it's a three-year, plus one".
WHY NOT: Too young; front-office dysfunction. Add in the rights to the three players Oklahoma City landed in the second round of the NBA Draft (Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Hervey and Devon Hall) and a player on a minimum contract, and the Thunder would be looking at a total payroll of about $151 million. Teams are still spending money on their own players and locking down stars despite the general cultural overtone of hopelessness in the face of how good the Warriors are.