Phoenix Sports Club, the Phoenix Suns, and LeBron James will sign together
Phoenix, Arizona — The Phoenix Suns and LeBron Thomas of the Cleveland Cavaliers will sign a multi-year deal, the team announced today.
The deal is worth $50 million over the next three years.
It is the second-longest one-year contract the Suns have had signed.
Thomas, 31, will also earn $18 million this season and $19.5 million next season.
“This is a big deal for both parties,” Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said.
Thomas is a three-time All-Star and has been a leader on and off the court for the Suns since becoming the team’s president of basketball operations in 2014. “
In addition to our two-year agreement, we also have another three-year extension on the books in place through the 2019-20 season.”
Thomas is a three-time All-Star and has been a leader on and off the court for the Suns since becoming the team’s president of basketball operations in 2014.
He led the team to two NBA Finals appearances and two NBA Championship rings, but the Suns also had their fair share of tough seasons during his tenure.
In the offseason, the Suns traded for Kevin Love, who averaged 25.6 points and 8.2 assists in a 10-11 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
He is expected to return to the court next season, but McDonoug said the franchise will still have a strong roster.
McDonough also said that the Suns were able to land James, who is expected back from injury by the start of the 2019 NBA season.
Thomas, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, will have the opportunity to win his first championship with the team next season and will likely be reunited with former teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who signed with the Heat in free agency.
James was a key contributor to the Cavs’ championship run, averaging a team-high 23.7 points and 11.6 rebounds a game in the 2015 Finals.
The former No. 1 overall pick will look to build on his career in Cleveland after being the team leader on both ends of the floor.
As a free agent this summer, the Cavaliers were reportedly seeking a player to pair with James.
The Suns are expected to pursue a player who can play both forward positions.