LeBron James

While there’s been plenty of speculation about whether or not LeBron James might play for a team other than the Los Angeles Lakers, a new contract extension implies that his time in Southern California will continue for at least a few more years.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, James and the Lakers have agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension, which also includes a player option for the 2024-2025 season. James will turn 40 that year.

James was entering the final year of his previous deal, which was worth $44.5 million.

Woj added that the two-year extension, which includes a 15-percent trade kicker, makes James the highest-earning player in NBA history. With $532 million in guaranteed money, he passes Kevin Durant for the honor.

The Lakers are coming off a disastrous season in which they were predicted to compete for the NBA title but ended up missing the playoffs entirely. Injuries and off-court issues plagued the roster, which includes Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis. And while it appeared that one member of the Big Three might get traded at some point, it now appears that LA is going to ride out the upcoming season with the aging superstars they have, for better or worse.

As for the supposed plan for LeBron to play alongside son Bronny James once he enters the NBA, that still seems very possible given the timeframe of the extension.

In the meantime, the news of an extension with the Lakers certainly got the NBA world talking.




About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.