Just three days after Lebron James announced that he would be opting out of the final year of his contract with the Lakers and hitting the free agency market, the King has reportedly signed on to join the LA Lakers. News of the signing broke by multiple sports outlets this evening. The sports agency that represents James reportedly put out a press release and the news took off like a wildfire. James’ team reportedly met with the 76ers just this afternoon. The meeting was likely just a formality as James had likely made up his mind to play in LA next season awhile ago. With James going to LA and Paul George resigning with the Thunder, the only big news left in NBA free agency is where will Kawhi Leonard land? I expect we will find out shortly. I expect the Lakers to be making a move to grab another big free agent signing. I’m pretty sure Lebron didn’t go to LA just to have to carry another team full of misfits and undesirables. He could’ve stayed in Cleveland if he wanted to do that again.
Multiple sports news outlets have reported that Lebron James will not pick up the player option on the final year of his contract, and will become an unrestricted free agent. Leaving one big question left to be answered. Where will Lebron James take his talents next season?
NBA free agency doesn’t officially begin until, 12:01 am est on Sunday. I believe Lebron James won’t need to wait until Sunday to decide what team he wants to sign with. I believe Lebron made that decision as he was leaving the court after the final game of the NBA finals earlier this month. He just hasn’t informed us of his decision yet.
According to NBA analyst and “experts”, the three hot spots for a King’s landing are Philly, LA, and Houston. I’ve heard places like San Antonio mentioned vaguely. It’s been reported that James has multiple houses in LA and has already enrolled his kids in schools in the Los Angeles area. To me, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to play for the Lakers, it might just mean he’s eyeing a team on the West Coast. I do believe James relocating his fam to LA does take the 76ers completely out of the equation. BUT, I do believe Bron’s interest in LA opens a lane for the 2nd biggest free agent on the market to want to take a long look at Philly before he decides where he wants to play next season. No, I’m not talking about Kawhi. I’m talking about Paul George. And if he does decide to go to Philly, the rest of the Eastern Conference better beware. Philly will become a serious force in the East. But, however this all plays out, one thing is certain, this is going to be a very interesting off-season!
Coming off of a Super Bowl 52 win earlier this year, the Philadelphia Eagles have made many moves this offseason and lost some key pieces from the 2017-2018 team that made that Super Bowl victory possible. RB LaGarrette Blount and WR Torrey Smith were among the big name offseason casualties suffered by the Birds. Key losses are expected from a team coming off of a Super Bowl win. I understand that, but it still hurts to lose some of these players from last year’s team. LB Mychal Kendricks is the latest veteran to depart the squad. ESPN’s Adam Schefter (@AdamSchedter) reported the Eagles will be releasing the veteran linebacker. Kendricks has been at the middle of trade talks for multiple seasons. Kendricks was scheduled to make $7.6 million this season, which some speculate played a big part in the Eagles releasing him.
Kendricks asked to be released or traded last season when his playing time started to be shared between multiple linebackers. The Eagles declined to trade or release Kendricks at the time. Kendricks went on to be a key piece in the 2018 Super Bowl run. He finished the season with 51 tackles and 2 sacks. Kendricks’ time on the field last season only increased when linebacker Jordan Hicks went down due to an achilles rupture in October. Kendricks played 60% of defensive snaps after the injury to Hicks. Mychal Kendricks turns 28-years old in September. His skills on the field are not declining. Kendricks seems to have just reached his peak. Mychal Kendricks will not stay on the free agent market for long. Even at a price in the $7 million range, I don’t expect Kendricks to be unemployed for too long.