Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said that he truly hopes he can finish his legendary career with the Lakers.
He has a two-year extension with the Lakers that keeps him with the team through the age of 37.
“King” James joined the 2018-19 season. In just one year, with the addition of Anthony Davis, LeBron James led the LA Lakers to an NBA title. He averaged 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 10.2 assists last season as he led them to the championship.
“I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers,” the four-time MVP said on the SmartLess podcast (via Jasmyn Wimbish of CBSSports.com). “However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A. Being with a historical franchise like the Lakers is something.“
During the interview, James seemed to allude to the benefits of playing in Los Angeles when he said he “never thought it would be possible” to star in Space Jam: A New Legacy.
In March, James expressed a desire to play alongside his son Bronny, who’s the No. 30 overall player in 247Sports’ composite rankings for 2023:
LeBron James asked if it’s a goal to play with his son, Bronny, in the NBA: “That’s definitely one of my goals, but that’s a long-term goal. My son right now is in high school and enjoying what being a teenager is all about. But that would be pretty cool to go on my resume.”
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 8, 2021
Competitively, the Lakers are well-positioned for the future since Anthony Davis is signed through at least 2023-24 and has a $43.2 million player option for 2024-25. However, after the first-round exit against the Suns, the Lakers need to bring in some changes.
“I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers. However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven, I hope I can continue to play the game.”
– LeBron James
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 12, 2021
LeBron James’ Contract
LeBron James will have $435M in career on-court earnings at the end of this extension.
He is also often considered as the greatest of all time alongside Micheal Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. James has played a total of 1265 games in his career.
He averages 27.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists in his career throughout. He will turn 36 this year and shows no signs of slowing down.
LeBron James was drafted as the 1st pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.