LeBron James eligible to sign 2-year $97.1 million extension with the Lakers starting early August
LeBron James has been the stronghold of his team throughout this entire season. He is the biggest reason why the Los Angeles Lakers are far from having the worst record in the league. The Lakers have sadly been pushed out of playoff contention after their loss against the Phoenix Suns, which happen to be the same team that eliminated them during the first round of the post-season last year.
LeBron is currently averaging 30.3 points along with 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game in his fourth season with the Lakers. He has not averaged numbers like this since 2007 while he was playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The four-time MVP has become one of the greatest players of all time and with his recent performances, it looks like he is reaching for infinity and beyond.
LeBron James is now eligible for a contract extension with the Lakers
Roughly four years ago, the King, LeBron James signed with the Lakers in agreement to a four-year $153.3 million (US) contract. He signed his first extension last year extending his stay through the 2022-23 season. LBJ has always been open about his goal to play with his elder son Brony James Jr. after he gets drafted into the league.
After a very rough patch with the Lakers this season, many have started to believe that James will want out of LA to sign with another team that has the potential of winning a title immediately. On August 4th, LeBron will be able to sign another extension up to the 2024-25 season worth $97.1 million (US). There is no hurry for the superstar to sign the contract as he could wait for one more season and see how the Lakers work out a system next year.
Colin Cowherd says LeBron James is just an outsider to the Laker nation
LeBron James has worked wonders for the LA Lakers winning the franchise its 17th title since it came into existence. Colin Cowherd spoke about LeBron’s presence in LA saying, “Three years, LeBron is an outsider. It may be time to move off LeBron. And I think he’s amazing, but roster is not good, the chemistry is bad, the bench terrible, they don’t have good contracts and who is going to take Westbrook and AD?”
Cowherd emphasized the fact that LeBron has not spent enough time with the Lakers culture to be called a true Laker. He further went on to call James “famous” and not “loved’ among Laker fans. Based on his statement made on Brodie and AD he said, “I would not take AD. I would take Westbrook before AD because cause I can get rid of the contract. I wouldn’t take AD, can’t stay healthy. And I don’t think he’s a leader and I don’t think he is as committed as Westbrook or LeBron to play good basketball.”