LeBron James Would Take $20M Pay Cut for Lakers to Acquire One of These 3 Players

LeBron James has opted out of his $51 million contract for next season in order to re-sign a new rich deal with the LA Lakers. But the word from ESPN is that LeBron is willing to take a $20 million pay cut from the maximum that he could command, IF the Lakers are able to bring in an established star to help fill out the roster. 

Dave McMenamin dropped three names in particular that could get James to give up some cash so that the Lakers would have the full $12.9 million midlevel exception to sign such an "impact player."

The type of player that James would be willing to make a financial sacrifice for would be an established veteran playmaker such as James Harden or Klay Thompson, or an established big man to play alongside Anthony Davis such as Jonas Valančiūnas, sources told ESPN.

LeBron is eligible for a three-year, $162 million extension, but he'll be fine to somehow survive if his new deal is just worth $142 million, or he could go year-to-year, adds Adrian Wojnarowski.

"He is prioritizing a roster improvement," James' agent Rich Paul says. "He's been adamant about exuding all efforts to improve the roster." 

Klay Thompson is a very real possibility, in fact, according to reports on Sunday, as he is apparently "intrigued" about playing with LeBron. 

Free agency begins at 6pm Sunday. 

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