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“They Drafting Bronny”: LeBron James Fans Rejoice as Lakers Announce Massive Update on the 37-Year-Old’s Future in LA

Published 08/10/2022, 9:00 AM EDT

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LeBron James has been a part of the league for quite some time now. The journey from being dubbed “The Chosen One” in high school to being crowned “The King” of the NBA has been nothing less than phenomenal. He has been 19 years in the league and will likely be entering the twilight of his career. But that doesn’t stop him from being a prolific player, as he is still alive and kicking at 37.

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James has been a winner everywhere he has been. The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled for the better part of the last decade. However, with James bringing his talents over, it was a sweet close to the decade as he spearheaded the franchise to an NBA title in 2019-20.


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Following the Lakers’ shortcomings last season, it was suggested that LeBron James might want out in the near future. However, it is believed that the Los Angeles Lakers‘ front office is trying everything in their power to prevent this from transpiring.

According to YahooSports’ Chris Haynes, Rob Pelinka told LeBron that he wants him to retire as a Laker. Furthermore, he reportedly promised to equip him with every resource possible to win a championship every year of his term.

Last season, the Lakers experienced a massive organizational collapse from the top down. A multitude of things went south for the franchise, as they didn’t even make it to the Play-in tournament. The Lakers will hope they can get back to winning ways. However, considering how they are currently constructed, many people feel that a championship season is unlikely.

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However, given Pelinka’s commitment to James, a string of moves that would strengthen the squad might be in the pipeline.

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LeBron James will be entering the final year of his contract this upcoming season. He’ll be 38 by the time his contract runs out. And per the league’s bargaining agreement, any NBA player 38 years old or older may only sign a two-year contract.

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Therefore, James is eligible to sign a two-year contract extension worth $97.1 million. And there is some optimism in the Lakers’ dugout that a deal will be struck soon. The player met with the Lakers’ front office, and the talks were stated to be “productive.

According to LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul as well, the two sides had a positive discussion during their meeting.

Regardless of what James decides, he is certain of one thing: he wants to play alongside his son Bronny James. Now that Pelinka wants James to retire in purple and gold, does it mean the Lakers will draft Bronny, or will James have to give up his dream of playing alongside his son? Only time will tell.

Lakers fans are ecstatic over recent reports regarding James’ future with the franchise

With it being a strong possibility that LeBron James retires as a Laker, supporters couldn’t help but rejoice.

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Ritvik Malhotra

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Ritvik is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University, Ritvik has finally got his foot in the door as a professional sports writer. He previously interned at another media house where he authored over 150 soccer articles, but he is now writing about his primary obsession, basketball.

Edited By: Veer Badani