LeBron James Addresses Rumors About His Plans For Next Season

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has just completed his 21st year in the NBA.

After the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in five games, in the first round of the playoffs on Monday (April 29), LeBron James said he would inform the public of his plans for next season when the time is right.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the NBA megastar cleared up any speculation about his basketball future.

"I’ve seen, heard a lot of reports about my future," James’ post read. "I said it last night and I’ll say it again. I do not know yet as I’m only thinking about spending time with my family & friends!," the NBA champion wrote.

"When I know after speaking with the fam, my counsel as well as my representation about it then you guys will know," his post continued.

Speculation surrounding James’s future with the Lakers stems from his comments at a press conference following the Lakers’ elimination from the playoffs.

“Was there any thought that tonight was your last game with the Lakers?” Ben Golliver of the Washington Post asked.

“I’m not going to answer that,” James said.

Per the terms of his current deal, James could opt out of his contract with the Lakers and become an unrestricted free agent. With this option, James could sign a new, lucrative contract with Los Angeles or jump ship to another team.

If Bron opts into the final year of his deal, he would be eligible for $51.4 million in the 2024-25 season with a two-year contract extension in which he could earn another $112 million from '25 to '27.

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In the past, LeBron expressed his desire to play in the NBA with his son, Bronny, who declared for the NBA Draft after playing for one year at USC, but that proposition is no longer his main priority.

“The idea of them playing together is not a priority, it's not foremost, at least any longer, in LeBron James' mind," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said.

For the 2023-24 season, James averaged 25.7 points, 8.3 assists, and 7.3 rebounds in 71 games this season at 39 years old.

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