LeBron James has just one year left on his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. That said, both parties have reportedly discussed an extension.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka met with James and Rich Paul of K Lutch Sports on Thursday.
Paul told McMenamin that the discussion with Pelinka was “productive”. Both parties will continue to talk about a potential extension.
A deal isn’t imminent at this time, but NBA fans believe the Lakers will find an extension with James soon.
Here are some reactions to McMenamin’s report:
Many factors will dictate how this situation evolves.
For starters, James wants to play on a championship contender. If the Lakers don’t make some tweaks to their roster, it will be hard to compete with teams like the Golden State Warriors.
Another factor is James’ desire to play on the same team as his son, Bronny. If he wants to team up with his son, he’ll have to make sure he’s not locked away for the foreseeable future.
James could, in theory, sign a short-term extension with the Lakers. This would allow him to keep all his options open.