will take center stage this week as he’s eligible for a contract extension. The only question on the minds of pundits is the length of the four-time NBA champion’s tenure.
James is eligible for a contract extension of up to two years on Thursday. It will be worth $97.1 million, plenty of money for the 18-time All-Star to absorb.
However, the Lakers had a rough couple of years even with James in tow. Some critics have suggested the Lakers’ struggles could force James to explore other options.
However, according to trusted NBA insider and correspondent Marc Stein, that may not be the case. He pointed out that James and his family have been happily ever after arriving in Southern California in the summer of 2018. However, he did mention an interesting twist that could happen in 2024 — the year that the superstar’s son, Bronny James, could join the NBA.
“The prevailing thinking in league circles is that just the chance to play elsewhere alongside son Bronny James, who is a 2024 draft candidate and developing as an NBA prospect, would spur LeBron to consider an exit out of LA,” the former reporters from ESPN and the New York Times said.
International Business Times has not been able to independently verify this information.
Given that James could potentially land a two-year deal, details remain limited. With Bronny in mind, the 37-year-old could request the addition of a player option for the 2024/25 season to give him the flexibility to play alongside his son.
In another scenario, James could opt for a one-year deal worth at least $46.7 million. This could help him have options, especially if the Lakers stutter again for the 2022-23 NBA Wars.
For James, it works both ways. If the Lakers disappoint, he could explore the market. If they win, he could ask for more money to stay in Hollywood.
Despite his age, James was able to play at a high level. However, factors such as injuries and picking up the wrong players have proved fatal for him and the Lila and Gold.
The Los Angeles Lakers have a new coach in Darvin Ham, someone tasked with turning things around and maximizing James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. The Lakers are optimistic, but another disappointing season could have James, Davis and Westbrook reconsider their options going forward.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/lebron-james-unlikely-leave-lakers-2024-report-1836135?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution LeBron unlikely to leave James Lakers before 2024: report