Four years.


$38,500,000 annually.

I don't care if you're one of the top players in the game, that's just stupid insane for what the Lakers are giving LeBron James in free agency.

I guess he's tired of being in the NBA Finals. 

I've said plenty of times on the air that James would be stupid for going to a Western Conference team because there's no way he gets past the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.

For someone who has been in the Finals for the past eight seasons, moving to the Western Conference when he could have easily stayed in the East and gone to Philly or Boston to push either of those teams over the hump makes no sense.

On top of that, joining the Lakers who already have the Lonzo and LaVar Ball headaches, doesn't seem like a good fit for James.

Signing James also seems like it would torpedo any chance the Lakers have of pulling off a trade with the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard for several reasons -- most importantly because the Spurs aren't going to willingly make a third super team in the West.

An interesting twist to this, as pointed out by FNH's own NASCAR Brian, is that James' new coach will be Luke Walton -- a fellow 2003 NBA Draft pick.

With James headed to Hollywood, it seems like the top landing spot for Leonard could instead be on the east coast in Philadelphia as the Sixers have the assets to trade for the veteran.

The other big winners of free agency so far have been Chris Paul, Paul George and DeAndre Jordan.

Paul re-upped with the Rockets to the tune of $40 million a year for the next four seasons -- making his deal worth $6 million more than James.

George, meanwhile, shocked pretty much everyone when he went from opting out of his contract to resigning with the Oklahoma City Thunder to the tune of $137 million over the next four years.

Jordan agreed to a one-year, $24.1 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks as both sides appear to have moved on from his free agency drama of a few years ago. The deal is effectively what Jordan would have made had the Mavs and Clippers been able to pull off an opt-in-and-trade deal that the two teams had worked on.

Besides James' move to LA, one of the biggest shockers of the opening day of NBA free agency was Houston Rockets' 3-and-D specialist Trevor Ariza spurning Houston in favor of a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.

The Rockets are a lot closer to competing for the 2019 NBA title than the Suns, but maybe Ariza saw something in the desert that he thinks will make him the missing piece for Phoenix to be a playoff contender in a conference that's even more stacked now than it was when he committed.


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