NBA rumors about the future of James after the playoffs

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AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post The Los Angeles Lakers’ season ended with Monday’s 108-106 loss to the Denver Nuggets, and attention naturally turned to LeBron James’ future since he has a player option for the 2024-25 campaign.
He also said “I’m not going to answer that” when asked if this was his final season on the Lakers.
There are plenty of options in play for James.
For one, he could simply exercise the option and return to the Purple and Gold with the hopes of improving on this season’s first-round exit.
As for the Lakers’ perspective, The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Jovan Buha and Sam Amick reported they “badly” want him back and would be open to a three-year, $164 million max extension.
There is also the reality that the future Hall of Famer turns 40 years old in December and just finished his 21st season.
Perhaps retirement will be an option, although Paul appeared on SiriusXM NBA Radio and said he believes James has “two-to-three years left” in his career.
It remains to be seen whether James will run things back with the Lakers next season, but he might get a third chance at Denver in the postseason if he does.

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By Aaron Ontiveroz from The Denver Post.

Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ 108-106 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday, speculation about LeBron James’ future since he has a player option for the 2024–2025 season was understandable.

That being said, the King is not prepared to decide.

As James stated on Tuesday, he is more focused on spending time with his family and friends after the season than worrying about what the future may bring.

Following the Nuggets’ Game 5 defeat, James was questioned by reporters about his future and responded, “I don’t have an answer… to be honest.”. I haven’t thought about it very much. ****.

In addition, he refused to respond when asked if this was his last season with the Lakers.

James has a wide range of options available to him.

He could, for starters, just exercise the option and rejoin the Purple and Gold, hoping to improve on his first-round exit from the previous season. If he declines, he will be free to sign with any team that wants to draft his son Bronny James or he may choose to sign with another contender.

However, conversations with agent Rich Paul reportedly revealed “that LeBron James’s vision of them playing together is not foremost, at least not anymore,” according to a report published by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday. ****.

The Lakers “badly” want him back and would be amenable to a three-year, $164 million maximum extension, according to Shams Charania, Jovan Buha, and Sam Amick of The Athletic.

In addition, the future Hall of Famer recently completed his 21st season and will turn 40 in December.

Paul stated that he thinks James has “two-to-three years left” in his career on SiriusXM NBA Radio, so perhaps retirement will be an option.

It’s hard to argue against the legend playing on given that he was one of the league’s best players this season, averaging 25 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 steals, and 41 percent shooting from beyond the arc while playing in 2023–2024.

In Monday’s game against the Nuggets, he was still the best player on the floor for extended periods of time, but he was just unable to win because Jamal Murray, who also won Game 2 with a buzzer beater, made a game-winning jumper in the closing seconds.

James may get a third opportunity at Denver in the postseason if he decides to try to turn things around with the Lakers the following season.

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