Kyrie James is set to sign a four-year, $120 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James is set for a big payday, with his new deal the most lucrative of his career.
According to league sources, James’ new deal will be the largest ever signed by a player who plays in the NBA.
James signed his contract with the Cavs with the hopes of cementing his place as one of the best big men in the league, and while he’s certainly had his ups and downs in Cleveland, his contributions to the team this season are a testament to his hard work and ability to dominate in the post and on the defensive end.
James has scored more than 30 points in each of his last three games, averaging a team-high 26.7 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field.
James was a part of a top-five defensive team in the Eastern Conference this season, holding opponents to 30.3 points per 100 possessions, which ranked eighth in the conference.
That was the lowest mark among teams that were tied for the best defensive efficiency.
It’s been a long time since James has been a top pick, but his emergence as one is a testament not only to the hard work he puts in but to the way he handles himself as well.
James, who is entering his prime, will become the fourth player in NBA history to win three MVP awards, joining LeBron, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul.
It’s not just the way James plays the game that makes him such a great player, but the way in which he does it, too.
In 2014, James averaged 26.6 points per contest, which led the league.
He shot 43.5% from the floor and 41.7% from three-point range, which were both career highs.
The next year, he was the best shooter in the entire NBA, averaging 32.7.
The last time James was able to do that was with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015, which is when he was one of just two players in the history of the league to win MVPs in three different years.
He was the first since Kevin Garnett in 2006.
For years, it was considered an impossible task for the Cavaliers to land James.
James had been under the microscope for years, after the league made it clear that his decision to return to Cleveland after a season in Minnesota could impact the future of the franchise.
The Cavaliers had been trying to move him for years but didn’t have enough to move up in the draft to do so.
James’ decision to stay put in Cleveland in 2016 made it possible to secure his return to a franchise that had missed the playoffs in five of the past six seasons.
James led the NBA in scoring for the first time in his career, averaging 26.1 points per outing.
The Cavaliers had won just two of their previous 10 games, including their first-ever playoff appearance since 2012.
But with James and company playing well, the team took the next step in a turnaround.
James had his first career triple-double with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists on Wednesday night.
It was the third triple-figure game of his NBA career.
It marked the third time he’s recorded at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the same game.
James also became the first player in league history to record at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in back-to-back games.
It became just the second time in NBA playoff history that a player recorded at the same time.
James shot 8-for-9 from the free throw line, and his 3-point percentage was the highest of his young career.
He has been one of several players to score more than 40 points in consecutive games in consecutive seasons since Tim Duncan did it in 2008-09 and 2010-11.
James also tied a career high with 20 rebounds on Wednesday.
James and James Harden have been a perfect fit, and James’ teammates believe they can help the team achieve its long-held goal of making the NBA Finals.
The Rockets won six of their last eight games to stay in the race, and they’ve now won six straight in Cleveland.
Harden averaged 27.7 rebounds per game, his second-highest total of his three-year career.
Harden has scored at least 20 points in nine straight games and is averaging 17.5 points per performance.
The Cavs’ last-second comeback in Game 5 of the first round was a sign of things to come.
It could be a sign that James’ presence is going to be an even bigger part of the Cavs’ success in the playoffs.
James and the Rockets are a perfect example of how to play the long game, and that’s something that James is a big part of.
James said he was excited to get back to work after spending two seasons playing in the West, but he is still very focused on what he wants