LeBron Can Be $100 Million Richer As Bronny James Forces America To Cheer For Nepotism, Jokes Popular Radio Show

Published 04/18/2024, 11:16 PM EDT

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Renowned sportswriter and critic Bill Simmons recently released another episode of his official podcast. He touched upon one of the most discussed topics: the NBA draft of Bronny James. While it has been long known that the eldest son of LeBron James’ has aspirations to play in the big league, his college season performances have created some doubt within franchises. However, since LeBron has been quite vocal about his decision to play alongside his son once before he retires, certain leverage has been created, and that will be very hard for the teams to ignore.

With former ESPN host Ryen Russillo joining in, they discussed what could happen next. Russillo stated that LeBron’s priority will be to get the most money he can from the Lakers. As other teams could poach him over the ‘Bronny Situation’, the Lakers would be compelled to make him an offer he cannot refuse. “Maybe it’s like $100 million for two years, but he’s got an opt-out after the first year, and they can rig it that way,” Simmons highlighted.


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While the situation is a bit unusual, Russillo did admit his excitement at possibly seeing the father-son duo in the same team by jokingly stating, “I just am looking forward to it because if they are on the same team and they do play together next year, it’ll be the first time we’ve had the country just cheering on nepotism”.

LeBron James is currently playing with the Lakers on a 2-year, $99 million contract. According to reports, he is set to hold a player option for the 2024-25 season, the same season during which Bronny James could possibly make his debut. Despite being the oldest player in the NBA, the 4x NBA champion also continues to be one of the best scorers the league has. Therefore, other franchises wouldn’t mind pooling in their resources if it could enable them to have the All-Time Leading Scorer in their folds. Even if it meant, as Russillo highlighted, indulging in a bit of ‘nepotism’.

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During a ‘First Take’ segment in late February, Brian Windhorst highlighted his opinion on how the 39-year-old player could choose to opt for a ‘No-Trade Clause’ on his contract. The opinion stemmed from his inner belief that LeBron is not choosing to exit but instead “angling” to sign a deal that would add “nine figures” to his pocket.


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Windhorst said, “That will be even bigger than the deal he is on now. Now, whether or not he’s able to finish that deal, whether or not the Lakers want to give him a three-year contract and pay him $60 million when he’s 42 years old, that’s a different discussion.”


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Windhorst has quite often focused on opinions that showed a level of concern toward the NBA star. Just recently, he had highlighted the opinion of several NBA scouts who believed that Bronny James could not excel because his college team, the USC Trojans, did not allow him to play at a position where the young player could have excelled.

Whether he is right about LeBron’s decision is a question that will only be answered at a later point in time.


Written by:

Ashmit Kumar


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Ashmit is an NBA Content Analyst at EssentiallySports. Having started as a writer, he specializes in writing captivating stories that include the elements of in-depth coverage of teams, players and more. Due to his knowledge of the technicalities of the sport, Ashmit writes perspective pieces that provide well-researched analysis.
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