Jan 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) collides into Los Angeles Lakers small forward Nick Young (0) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lakers would offer LeBron James a max contract

One of the biggest moments in free agency was when it was revealed that LeBron James was demanding a max contract from the Miami Heat.

Throughout his NBA career, James has never made finances his number one priority. On the Cleveland Cavaliers, James was never the highest paid player. By joining he Miami Heat, he sacrificed money to surround himself with a formidable cast. The result? Four NBA Finals appearances and two championships. Now, James is on the open market and he’s hoping to pull in all of the money available to him and if Micky Arison and Pat Riley aren’t the ones to give it to him, someone else will. And according to reports, the Los Angeles Lakers are one of those teams.

From ESPN.com:

ESPN reported Thursday that the Lakers made it clear to Anthony, who is living and training in L.A. this summer, they’d offer the maximum four-year, $97 million contract they can, if he were to choose them. That’s less than the five-year, $129 million offer the Knicks have verbally pitched to Anthony. The Lakers also made it clear to James they’d offer him the maximum they could, sources said.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, it may be impossible to offer James the max contract that he desires thanks to the extension Kobe Bryant signed earlier this season, reminding several why they were against the deal. Kobe deserves to be paid for his efforts as a Los Angeles Laker. He’s been apart of five championship teams and has been the face of the organization since 2003. And in the second biggest market in Los Angeles, the organization can afford to pay him.

But that’s never been the issue. Had Bryant waited until the end of the season, the Lakers free agent landscape may have looked a bit better. They’d be able to fit two max contracts onto their roster as well as appease Bryant’s contract demands. Those two free agents? Possibly a mixture of LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe, Kyle Lowry, Carmelo Anthony, or Chris Bosh. Now, they’ve only space for one, a slight hinderance as they look to reload for the post-Kobe Bryant years.

There’s been no movement on the Miami Heat front in regards to a Big 3 reuniting. According to multiple reports, there’s a bit of disconnect between Bosh, James, and Wade, and if things aren’t resolved, James’ biggest payday of his career could come with him taking his talents to Laker land.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    You do know it’s not about Lebron getting the Max elsewhere… it’s about him getting the max in Miami… he wants the max which means Wade and Bosh must take a paycut and it also forces the owner to reach deep into his pockets with those alligator arms of his to add talent to the roster putting the team over the luxury. A part of Lebron wants to stay in Miami if he did not then he would not have made it known he wanted the max… think about it… the best playing asking for the max, it doesn’t make sense… Saying all that Lebron would be a fool to stay in south Beach with Erik “curl, larry and moe” Spoelstra coaching the team and the stupidity of Riley as G.M. the same Riley who ignored glaring holes in the roster year after year because he had Lebron covering up things… instead of fixing the issues one at a time getting players like Hawes or Gortat when they were out there to be had… Riley figures he would wait and rebuilt a roster to championship form in one off season during free agency… the time of year every player is over paid !…lol Riley needs to understand its hard to uproot a player from his team even if its the washington Wizards, free agency is where you add the final pieces make a tweak here and there… Riley saw nothing wrong with his roster when one player was leading the team in scoring, rebounding, assist and had to carry the defense….