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LeBron James Is Expected To Opt Out Of His Contract With The Lakers

Apr 25, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half in game three of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With the Los Angeles Lakers season coming to an end, all eyes will turn towards LeBron James and his future. At 39 years old, he has shown that he still has more than enough talent to compete. However, he may want to weigh his options before committing to the purple and gold next year.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, James will likely opt out of his contract and enter free agency. This would be the first time he has done so since being with the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2018.

“I think LeBron intends to opt out of his contract and become a free agent for the first time since 2018 and I think that will apply a little bit of pressure to the Lakers.”

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported The Get Up

James didn’t want to answer a question from a reporter after being asked about his future with the team. Even if he doesn’t plan on leaving, it makes sense to put the pressure on Lakers management to go all-in this offseason.

James has made it clear that he wants to play with his son in the NBA. The Lakers will likely have the draft capital necessary to go out there and draft Bronny if that is what it takes to bring LeBron back.

“I believe the Pelicans will defer to next year so I think the Lakers will go into this draft with the 17th overall pick and the 55th overall pick. LeBron has expressed an interest in possibly playing with his son, the Lakers will have potentially two chances to draft him.”

Brian Windhorst

As things stand, LeBron will focus on gearing up for the Olympics and his future with basketball at large.