LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers became eligible to sign a contract extension with the organisation on Thursday, but Dave McMenamin stated during an interview on NBA Today that there is no immediate deal between the two parties. James has one year left on his current contract, so there isn’t really a rush for him to sign an extension as he has until June 30 to do it before he becomes an unrestricted free agency.
James and his agent Rich Paul met with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on Thursday, and despite the fact that no deal has yet been finalised, the discussion was deemed “constructive” by James’ agency. Future discussions between the two parties are anticipated, according to McMenamin.
According to a recent Marc Stein story, James is quite content in Los Angeles and is unlikely to leave the Lakers until 2024, when his son Bronny will be able to participate in the NBA Draft. James has previously stated that he would like to play with his son’s team.
James is quite content in Los Angeles, according to sources briefed on the situation, despite the Lakers’ two consecutive disappointing seasons. By all accounts, James and his family have become more established in Southern California since he joined the Lakers in the summer of 2018.
The general consensus in league circles is that LeBron would only push for an L.A. exit if he could play with his son Bronny James, who will be eligible for the 2024 draught and is still improving as an NBA prospect.
James will need to extend his current deal by at least one more season if he wants to stay in Los Angeles through 2024. In order to leave the Lakers and join Bronny on a team if he makes it to the NBA, he may sign a two-year contract with a player option for the second season.
It’s understandable that James didn’t sign an extension the moment he was qualified to do so given the abundant time he had to make a choice. After all, before making a lengthier commitment, he could want to observe how the Lakers perform on the floor. It would be difficult to blame him given the way the club has performed over the previous couple of seasons.