Representatives from the team will meet Sunday with James' agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.
After weeks of speculation regarding his future at the Cleveland Cavaliers, three-time NBA Champion LeBron James on Monday announced that he has agreed to join Los Angeles Lakers in a four year, $154 million deal.
Even Kobe Bryant, who spent his entire 20-year National Basketball Association career with the Lakers, saluted James.
And unlike eight years ago when he ripped James for leaving, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert thanked him. They're now linked like never before and if James wants to prepare for his eventual life after basketball, who better to learn from than Johnson, who has made a fortune as a business entrepreneur, or Bryant, an Academy Award victor.
In a tone and tenor much different than his letter to Cavs fans following James' stunning move to Miami in 2010, the Cavs owner sent a message of gratitude to his former player. Players with 7-9 years of experience, can earn a max salary of $30.3 million. After one year with the Thunder, George liked the organization enough to re-sign there on a four-year deal instead of joining the Lakers.
Many have already wondered what the NBA Finals might look like without James taking on the Warriors every year.
The 33-year-old James is coming off a season in which he averaged 27.5 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James' camp and the Cavaliers' front office have maintained a dialogue since the season ended, sources said. He added that Northeast Ohio "will always be home". LeBron had signed a four-year max contract with the Lakers, entering what might be the final chapter of his National Basketball Association career. One of the bigger characters in the NBA, Stephenson has carved out a niche for himself as a great perimeter defender, energy player, and secondary playmaker for the Indiana Pacers.
Klay Thompson, for instance, will be a free agent after next year and given that his father Mychael was a forward on the last two of Johnson and Riley's Laker title teams as well as a current Lakers broadcast commentator, Klay could be a ideal fit alongside James in LA. That is a not a team that will contend for the Eastern Conference crown, so teams like Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto will have elevated expectations now that they don't have to meet LeBron early in the postseason.