LeBron James is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, with or without another superstar alongside him.

The timing of James’ announcement that he has agreed to a four-year, maximum deal with the Lakers — including a player http://www.officialredwingsauthentic.com/authentic-52-jonathan-ericsson-jersey.html option in the final year — a day after Paul George and Chris Paul reportedly agreed to re-sign with their current teams (and before, as far as we know, the Lakers have made any serious Authentic Dwyane Wade Jersey headway on a deal with the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard) suggests that this decision wasn’t necessarily about the players he’ll join in L.A.
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The moves signal that the Lakers aren’t likely to sign another high-priced free agent this summer, instead focusing on maintaining flexibility for the summer of 2019. If the Lakers retain the rights to restricted free agent Julius Randle, signing LeBron and Caldwell-Pope would leave them only a sliver of cap space available: about $2 million, so similar to the veteran’s minimum for experienced players like McGee. The Lakers could then use their room midlevel exception to sign Stephenson and add McGee and other players making the minimum to fill out the roster.

Even as compared to 2015, the summer before the cap spike, this summer’s free agents will probably get relatively less. Back then, teams paid $2.1 million per WARP, spending a total of $736 million in free agency.

By next summer, things should get back closer to normal. Including 2019 first-round picks, teams have just $2.2 billion committed http://www.officialheatauthentic.com/authentic-3-dwyane-wade-jersey.html so far for 2019-20, when the cap is projected to take another sizable jump to $108 million. While extensions and multiyear contracts for this year’s free agents will add to that total, that currently leaves teams with about $1.3 billion on Jonathan Ericsson Youth Jersey the low end to spend in free agency next summer.

As a result, the handful of teams that can and will spend this year have the opportunity to land players on favorable multiyear deals that will provide value in future years. Danny Leroux pointed out at RealGM.com that they could emulate the Portland Trail Blazers’ strategy in the summer of 2015, when they landed Al-Farouq Aminu (four years, $30 million) and Ed Davis (three years, $20 million) on deals that looked lavish at the time but appeared bargains in the context of 2016’s profligate spending.