LeBron James discussed extension with Lakers

2022-08-05 04:32
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers had a productive discussion about a contract extension on Thursday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

James and his agent Rich Paul met with Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka as well as new Lakers head coach Darvin Ham at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, California, on Thursday.

It was the first day James was eligible to sign a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension with the Lakers. The Lakers superstar becomes an unrestricted free agent if he doesn't sign an extension until June 30.

LeBron James

LeBron  James
Position: SF
Age: 37
Height: 203 cm
Weight: 113 kg
Birth place: Akron, United States of America

The 37-year-old is in his contract's final year, which is worth $44.5 million. The maximum length of a contract a player aged 38 or older can sign is two years, according to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.

It is possible that the 4-time NBA champion James could go after a one-year extension, worth $47 million for the 2023-24 season, with an additional year with a player option for 2024-25, so he has an option to team up with his eldest son Bronny, who will be eligible to join the NBA in 2024.

Last season the 4-time NBA MVP averaged 30.3 points per game becoming the oldest player ever to average at least 30 points per game. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.

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