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Lakers Announce Contract Extension With Veteran Guard

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One team that everyone will be watching on Sunday as NBA free agency officially gets underway is the Los Angeles Lakers as the team needs to make some crucial moves to satisfy superstar LeBron James, who is willing to take less if the team can get their hands on Klay Thompson, James Harden or Jonas Valanciunas.

Along with having a tall task ahead to convince one of those three notable players to sign with the team in free agency, the Lakers brass also had one piece of business to deal with concerning one of the players who was already on the roster.

Recently, the Lakers tendered a qualifying offer to guard Max Christie, officially making him a restricted free agent and allowing him to receive competing offers from other teams that Los Angeles could match.

Apparently, it wasn’t a tough negotiation with Christie, as he has agreed to a four-year deal with the Lakers worth $32 million over that span, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

ESPN Sources: Restricted free agent G Max Christie intends to sign a four-year, $32 million deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers. Deal includes player option. Christie — 35th pick in the 2022 draft — has shown promise as a future LA rotation player.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2024

This is an interesting move by the Lakers as it shows they are confident that Christie can come into his own under new head coach JJ Redick, as the young guard didn’t get much playing time when Darvin Ham was calling the shots on the sideline in Los Angeles.

In 67 games for the Lakers last season, in which he played a little over 16 minutes per game, Christie averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, shooting 42.7% from the floor and 35.6% from deep, which aren’t great numbers, but something that can improve with more time on the basketball floor.

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