LeBron James extends for 2 years and 97 million dollars to the Lakers!

LeBron James extends for 2 years and 97 million dollars to the Lakers!

On this evening of August 17, all NBA fans were impatiently awaiting the release of the 2022-23 season schedule, scheduled for 9 p.m. But at 8:59 p.m., we were treated to a big breaking news that took everyone by surprise: LeBron James decided to extend with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Eligible for a contract extension this summer, the King has therefore taken up his pen to extend his partnership with the legendary Californian franchise, which he joined in 2018 from Cleveland. The news was first announced by Adrian Wojnarowski ofESPN, more clutch than Shams on this one. The details ? Here they are. Two additional years, for a total amount of $97.1 million (48.5 million per year). An amount that could even reach 111 million dollars according to ESPN in the event of a big increase in the salary cap for the 2023-24 season. And as Woj’s colleague Bobby Marks points out, LeBron also becomes the highest paid NBA player in League history with 532 million greenbacks accumulated (ahead of Kevin Durant) through his contracts since the start. of his pro career in 2003. Now that we’ve thrown in those head-spinning numbers, we’re reminded that James was about to enter the final year of his deal with the Lakers in 2022-23, and that he now finds himself tied to the Lakers until 2025. Nevertheless, a very important detail to highlight, LeBron negotiated a small player option for his sophomore year, which corresponds to the 2024-25 campaign. This means that he can theoretically become a free agent in 2024 and that we are therefore more on a 1+1 extension than a two-year extension.

This extension is not really surprising because even if the Lakers remain on a catastrophic season, LeBron is rather the type to enjoy his life in the City of Angels. And with its player option for the 2024-25 season, he is still in a position to realize his ultimate dream: to play on the same team as his son Bronny when the latter will have the opportunity to land in the NBA. As a reminder, the one who type tomars in the middle of Nanterre is theoretically eligible for the 2024 Draft. LeBron has therefore left the door open to join the franchise which will select Bronny in two years, and thus mark history by becoming the first father-son duo to share the same jersey. While waiting for this moment which already promises to be epic, the King is only thinking of one thing: bouncing back after the collective fiasco of the 2021-22 campaign and allowing the Lakers to regain center stage. We said it just a week ago, James will organize a minicamp in team building mode on the side of San Diego even before the start of training camp at the end of September, just to build solid ties that clearly missed last season. With a new coach named Darvin Ham who will have to make the Westbrook experience work, an Anthony Davis who is expected to be vengeful and a LeBron who risks defying the laws of nature once again, the Lakers intend to start again on a sound basis.

LeBron James at the Lakers until 2024, that’s it. Then, it will probably depend on where his son Bronny will land if he lands well in the NBA during the Draft scheduled for this same year. Los Angeles fans can breathe, at least a little…

Text source: ESPN

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