The NBA Finals are set to begin on Wednesday, but that apparently wasn’t the only thing on LeBron James’ mind.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar is in contract to buy a Beverly Hills mansion from the estate of “The Bold and the Beautiful” co-creator Lee Phillip Bell, according to The Real Deal. The mansion was marketed with a price tag of $39 million, but James secured the property at $36.75 million, per TMZ.
Obviously, James did not need to be in person to close the deal, as he has been across the country in the NBA bubble since mid-July.
James and the Lakers remain set to begin the NBA Finals on Wednesday against the Miami Heat.
LeBron James’ expanding Los Angeles real estate
Per Hilton & Hyland, which listed the property, James is purchasing a four-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 9,146-square foot mansion with a view of both downtown Los Angeles as well as the Pacific Ocean. It contains two suites, seven fireplaces, a screening room, two separate guest houses, a lighted tennis court and a pool.
This is the third time James has purchased a massively expensive property in the Los Angeles area, as he also bought a $21 million house in Brentwood in 2015, then a second $23 million house in the same area in 2018. This is the first time he’s made such a purchase as a member of the Lakers.
With more than $300 million in career earnings, more than $80 million more due to him in the next two years, a burgeoning media arm and countless endorsement deals, James can afford it.
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