(MIAMI) — Could Miami’s LeBron James soon be leaving for Hollywood? With Kobe Bryant’s future unsure in two more years when he becomes a free agent in 2014, King James could possibly get the call from the Lakers.
Heat index writer Brian Windhorst explains how this would even be possible.
“The Lakers are going to have potentially $30-plus million in cap space, even if they’re able to resign Dwight Howard,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s Sports Center on Thursday. “By the summer 2014, they could have $30 million in cap space or more and that’s the summer LeBron James could become a free agent.”
Windhorst says the check book will be open in 2014 for the Lakers.
“With Kobe (Bryant) talking about retirement, with Kobe (Bryant) potentially coming off the salary cap after the next two years, the Lakers, even though they have a huge commitment to their roster right now, have a lot of money to spend in two years,” he continued.
But would James leave even if the Heat were to win another championship or two?
“I’m here, and this is what it’s all about,” James said after the Heat’s 105-78 preseason win over the Pistons on Thursday. “I’m preparing for this season, preparing to defend our title and that’s it. … I’m here now.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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