LeBron James will extend for two additional years, the second being optional, his contract with the Lakers which will now run until the end of the 2024-2025 season, reported Wednesday ESPN and The Athletic.

The 37-year-old NBA superstar "has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension, including an option for the 2024-2025 season," said journalist Adrian Wojnarowski. very informed from ESPN, quoting Rich Paul, the player's agent.

James, NBA champion with the Lakers in 2020, had a one-year contract with the Californian franchise, for which he must receive $ 44.5 million.

He will open the coming season on October 18 on the floor of the Golden State Warriors, crowned champions in June.

The deal can increase to $111 million if the salary cap in 2023-2024 rises to a substantially higher number.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 17, 2022

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With the salary cap expected to be negotiated upwards at the end of the next fiscal year, his salary could actually be as high as $111 million.

The extension, which includes a 15% signing bonus, would make James the highest-paid player in NBA history with $532 million in guaranteed money, surpassing Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, ESPN claims. .

Want to play with his son

And she is part of a very personal desire to still be present on the NBA floors, when her eldest son, Bronny, will be eligible for the NBA in 2024. The quadruple NBA champion and MVP in the regular season, who will be 38 years old on December 30, keeps declaring that he wants to team up with him, before retiring.

Last season, James, despite injuries, remained at the top level, as evidenced by his averages of 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.

Even if he could not lead the Lakers to the play-offs.


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