LeBron James

After four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA megastar LeBron James’ future with the team was slightly in question as James entered the last year of his contract with the team. But it looks like James will be staying in Los Angeles.

James met with the Lakers last week to discuss a potential contract extension, but the two sides were unable to strike a deal at the time. However, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported on Friday that James and the Lakers were likely to agree on an extension in the near future.

“All signs point towards both sides looking to extend their partnership together,” McMenamin said on NBA Today on Friday.

McMenamin said James could pursue a brief one-year extension with the Lakers, allowing him to keep all of his options open following the 2023-24 season.

LeBron has long been vocal about his desire to finish his career playing alongside his son, Bronny James, who will be eligible to play in the NBA beginning in the 2024-25 season. A one-year extension would allow the NBA star the flexibility to sign with whichever team drafts his son.

“My last year will be played with my son,” James told The Athletic in February. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”

Regardless of his long-term plans, it’s becoming clear that James intends to stay in Los Angeles at least through the next two seasons.

[NBA Today]