NBA followers offer their reactions after LeBron James signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $85 million on Wednesday.
The Athletic first reported James’ extension after speaking with his agent, RichPaul.
James, 35, could have become a free agent next summer, but the 16-time All-Star will remain with the Lakers through the 2022-23 season. His previous contract had a player option for 2021-22.
The acquisition of James in 2018 has helped bring the franchise back to championship glory. James was named Finals MVP for the fourth time in his career after leading Los Angeles to banner No. 17 in October.
Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka has made shrewd moves throughout the offseason in hopes of repeating, bringing in veteran players such as Dennis Schroder, Wesley Matthews and Marc Gasol.
With James’ extension in place, the franchise’s primary focus is to re-sign superstar Anthony Davis.
Prior to the announcement, James tweeted out this comment and shared a video of a younger LeBron back in 2002.
Additionally, former NBA player Tim Legler offers his thoughts on James’ new deal.
Questions Arise Around LeBron Playing With Son Bronny
As soon as news broke about James’ contract extension, speculation started to spread about the possibility of him playing in his last season with his son Bronny.
Obviously, Bronny is a freshman in high school and could be eligible for the NBA Draft in 2023.
LeBron James Shares Excitement Over Caldwell-Pope’s Deal
Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, who is represented by Klutch Sports (also James’ sports agents), recently re-signed with the Lakers in November after their NBA championship season.
James was excited for Caldwell-Pope to receive his new contract, sharing it in a tweet.
Caldwell-Pope probably was popping some champagne corks, too. ESPN reported that Caldwell-Pope signed a three-year deal worth $40 million.
In addition, Caldwell-Pope averaged 10.7 points per game during the Lakers’ playoff run to the NBA title. He scored 17 points in Game Six of the NBA Finals, when the Lakers clinched the title against Miami.