06-29-2024, 12:56 PM

LeBron James intends to opt out of his Lakers deal and is anticipated to return on a new contract

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According to ESPN, James plans to opt out of the last year of his $51.4 million contract with the Lakers the following season. He wants to negotiate a new contract with the team.

Today at 2:00 PM Pacific time, LeBron James will be free to sign with any NBA team.

That's not to say he won't, especially now that his son Bronny was selected by the Lakers and J.J. Redick, his podcast partner, has been appointed as the team's new coach.

According to ESPN, the Lakers are dedicated to keeping James with the team and would be willing to offer the four-time MVP the maximum three-year, $162 million contract he is eligible for.

During the past season, James played 71 games, his highest in six seasons with the franchise, and achieved a remarkable average of 25.7 points, 8.3 assists, and 7.3 rebounds. He also made history by becoming the first player ever to surpass 40,000 points in the league.

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