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LeBron, Lakers reportedly have “productive” talks toward contract extension

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Thursday was the first day of the Lakers and LeBron James could talk about a contract extension after this upcoming season. The Lakers could offer up to $97.1 million over two years to keep LeBron playing his home games at the Staples Center during his 40-year season.

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The parties talked and LeBron’s agent Rich Paul told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that the discussions were “productive”.

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According to McMenamin, no deal was reached.. LeBron has until June 30 next year to sign an extension with the Lakers.

Negotiations are not about money, the Lakers will gladly give LeBron the maximum. The Lakers could offer two years for $97.1 million, one year for $47 million, or LeBron could opt for a 1+1 option where he would have a player option after his renewal’s first season.

That option fell in the summer of 2024, when his son Bronnie James was able to enter the NBA for the first time. LeBron said he wants to spend the season with his son.

LeBron’s family and how comfortable they feel in Los Angeles will play a big role in his renewal decision. In the past, LeBron has used short contracts and potential leeway as leverage to push the roster towards the changes he wants to see outside of the franchise. The Lakers as they are now created are not rivals, LeBron’s relationship with Russell Westbrook “frosty”, and there was discussion of a trade for Westbrook (either for the Nets, Kyrie Irving or Pacers Buddy Heald as well as Miles Turner). LeBron may be pushing for the lineup changes he wants to see before he gets to work in Los Angeles. Are the Lakers willing to trade the two first-round draft picks they control – 2027 and 2029 – if they know LeBron is locked out for a few more years? May be.

LeBron may choose not to sign an extension and become a free agent next summer at age 38. But does he want to be on the move again when his family settles in Los Angeles and his post-career entertainment company is based in the city?

Whether you’re watching or not, the NBA will be rumored until LeBron puts pen to paper on this extension (or new contract).



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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