LeBron James signed a two-year contract extension worth $97.1 million with the Los Angeles Lakers. The deal will keep James signed with Los Angeles through the 2024-25 season.
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Sources say James’ renewal is worth up to $111 million over two years based on pay increases.
James, 37, should be a free agent after next season. During last winter’s All-Star hiatus, he caused a stir when he said, “the door isn’t closed” on the possibility of him returning to his hometown of Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers.
Lebron James began his NBA career in Cleveland and played there for seven seasons after the franchise drafted him with the top pick in 2003.
I played four seasons in Miami (2010–2014) before returning to Cleveland for a second season with the Cavs.
James joined the Lakers as a free agent in 2018 and has averaged 27 points, 8.2 assists, and eight rebounds over four seasons with the franchise.
The 18-time All-Star has won four NBA titles in his 19-year professional career, including a championship with the Lakers in 2020 in the league bubble in Orlando.
Los Angeles finished last season with a 33-49 record, struggling with injuries to James and Anthony Davis. The team is looking to turn things around in the 2022–23 season under new manager Darvin Ham.
Will Lebron James end his career alongside Bronny at the Los Angeles Lakers?
James’ extension comes a day after he denied rumors about his son Bronny, a high school senior.
In response to a report that Oregon had become the “front-runner” in recruiting Bronny, James tweeted, “He hasn’t had a visit yet and just a few calls with coaches and colleges.” If Bronny makes his choice, you’ll hear it from him. “
James told The Athletic earlier this year that he plans to play the final season of his NBA career with his son. They’ll have to wait at least two seasons before their son qualifies for the NBA draft.