LeBron James NBA superstar LeBron James agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, reportedly for $97.1 million According to multiple reports, including ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The new contract increases the 37-year-guaranteed old’s career earnings to $532 million, making him the highest paid player in league history, surpassing Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant.
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The contract includes a player option for the 2024/25 season. Which means James can opt out of the final year of his contract if he no longer wants to play for the team.
The Lakers have been contacted by CNN to confirm the new contract.
The new contract effectively ends any possibility of James becoming a free agent next year, with the four-time NBA champion and MVP instead focusing on making more history with the Lakers.
The new season begins on October 18, and if he avoids injury. James should be on pace to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
Despite the Lakers missing the playoffs after a difficult season. James averaged 30.3 points per game in 56 appearances last season.
However, the franchise now has the salary-cap flexibility to sign another max contract player, potentially bolstering the already star-studded roster.
has players like James, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis.
Because he will be 38 or older when his current contract expires. James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who turns 38 in December, is limited to signing a two-year extension, per a rule in the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
James and his pursuit of more history is one of the many storylines that will be introduced this season.
If he maintains his career scoring average of 27 points per game. Hhe will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sometime in January, assuming he avoids injuries.
Despite James averaging 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists in 56 games. The Lakers failed to make the playoffs in 2022. However, the 17-time NBA champions have the salary-cap space to add a third max player.
contract player to a star-studded front line that includes James and Anthony Davis in the 2024 offseason.
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