LeBron James to RETIRE? Lakers GM gives DEFINITE ANSWER about superstar’s future

Lakers GM clarifies LeBron James' retirement status and highlights his dedication, while Lakers make strategic moves in free agency to strengthen the roster.


LeBron James to RETIRE? Lakers GM gives DEFINITE ANSWER about superstar’s future

LeBron James and Rob Pelinka (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Image)

Los Angeles Lakers fans can breathe a sigh of relief as general manager Rob Pelinka has provided clarity on the recent retirement rumors swirling around LeBron James. Pelinka spoke out during the Lakers’ Summer League win over the Golden State Warriors, expressing his excitement about James’ commitment to the team.

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While James has yet to make an official statement regarding his retirement plans, Pelinka’s comments hinted at the superstar’s dedication to the team. The team’s general manager highlighted James’ latest Instagram story, where he showed his excitement for his new teammates. Lakers GM also revealed how James in putting in the work behind the scenes.

“Well, we’ll always let LeBron speak for himself, but we were all excited to see his Instagram post the other day where he was giving love to his new teammates, and the great leader is doing the behind-the-scenes work to get things ready for the season,” Pelinka said.

Pelinka’s optimism is a welcome sign for Lakers fans who feared the possibility of James hanging up his sneakers prematurely. Following the team’s loss to the Denver Nuggets in the previous season’s Western Conference Finals, reports suggested that James might consider retirement. This uncertainty surrounding his future left supporters unsure about what lies ahead for the basketball superstar.

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Despite the speculations surrounding his retirement, if LeBron James chooses to continue playing, he will be seen wearing a Lakers jersey in the 2023-24 season. James remains committed to the team as per his contract, and he also holds a player option for the following season, 2024-25.

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Lakers GM sets the record straight, highlighting LeBron James’ ongoing commitment to the game

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LeBron James (AP Photo/ Jae C. Hong)

The Lakers management has been proactive in bolstering the team for the upcoming season, making strategic decisions to surround LeBron James with additional firepower. General Manager Rob Pelinka has been successful in re-signing key players including D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, and Rui Hachimura, ensuring continuity within the team. In addition, the Lakers have made significant new additions such as Gabe Vincent, Cam Reddish, Taurean Prince, and Jaxson Hayes.

The newly acquired players will undoubtedly contribute to creating a stronger and more formidable squad for the upcoming season, elevating the team’s overall performance. Pelinka’s astute maneuvers during the previous season’s trade deadline, specifically acquiring Rui Hachimura and D’Angelo Russell, played a vital role in revitalizing the team’s performance following a sluggish start.

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Despite a slow start by the Lakers and other issues throughout the last season, LeBron James delivered exceptional performances. Averaging an impressive 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game, James showcased his elite skills and leadership on the court. Furthermore, the Lakers demonstrated their resilience in the postseason by securing victories against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors.

James remained a formidable force in the playoffs, particularly in the Lakers’ encounter with the Denver Nuggets. However, despite averaging 24.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game, the men in purple and gold were swept.

Recent remarks by Rob Pelinka and LeBron’s covert actions strongly indicate that the Lakers’ superstar is gearing up for another championship pursuit in the upcoming 2023-24 season.

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