There have always been debates about where LeBron James would end his career. The latest reports suggest that James might stay with the LA Lakers for longer, which has sparked reactions from fans and observers.
Sports analyst Chris Russo believes James needs to spend some more time with the Lakers to be considered a Lakers great.
James' decision has transcended his career and money, leaning more on creating legacies. The four-time champ has explicitly said that he wants to play with his son, Bronny, in the NBA. If they pull that off, the James' will be the first father-son duo to play in the NBA at the same time.
According to reporter Dave McMenamin, the Lakers and James are having productive talks regarding a contract extension, tweeting:
"LeBron James and his representative Rich Paul of Klutch Sports met with Lakers VP of basketball ops and GM Rob Pelinka on Thursday regarding James’ eligible contract extension. Paul told ESPN the discussion was “productive” and both sides will continue a dialogue."
The news has sparked mixed reactions from fans on social media. While many are thrilled with the news, others have criticized James for the decision.
The Lakers captain was compared to Michael Jordan by one fan, while another thinks James has given up pursuing rings. Meanwhile, another fan called out the person who said James was not interested in winning a championship.
If James does not reach an agreement with the Lakers, he would become an unrestricted free agent in the 2023 offseason. At that point, he can join any team he wishes.
LeBron James is entering the final year of his contract
James joined the Lakers in 2018. In 2020, he delivered a championship, ending their nine-year championship drought.
Although the Lakers have not had success in the last two seasons, their chances of winning are undoubtedly higher with James. The 37-year-old has shown he is still valuable, averaging 30.3 points last season.
James is entering his fifth season with the Lakers. In his 19-year career, this is only the third team the 18-time All-Star has played for.
It is also worth noting that he has won a championship with all three franchises. That achievement makes him one of four players in league history to win a championship with three teams.