LeBron James buys Beverly Hills mansion for $37M


The King has a new castle.

LeBron James reportedly closed on a pricey new mansion in Beverly Hills, California, on Wednesday -- the same day his Los Angeles Lakers were set to open the NBA Finals.

James plunked down a whopping $36.75M -- equal to nearly his entire 2020 salary -- for the 2.5-acre estate previously owned by soap opera legend Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless," TMZ Sports reported.

The swanky 9,100-foot pad boasts plenty of opportunity for James, wife Savannah Brinson and their three kids to stay fit, featuring a grass tennis court -- with lights -- and in-ground swimming pool.

There's also two guests houses, and no Beverly Hills manse would be complete without a screening room, which Bell had put in. The one-time TV host turned famed producer died in February aged 91.

The home is James' third in the Los Angeles area -- one for each NBA title, to date. The four-time NBA MVP previously purchased two Brentwood mansions in 2018 for about $43M combined, The Real Deal reported.

James and the Lakers opened the Finals on Wednesday night against the Miami Heat -- the team with whom he won the first two of his NBA titles.

In 2015, James sold his Miami mansion for about $13.4M, Business Insider reported.