LeBron James inks
LOS ANGELES — LeBron James inks 2-year, $97.1 million deal with Lakers, LeBron James has agreed contract extension through the 2024-25 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent announced Wednesday.
LeBron James has signed a two-year, $97.1 million extension with the Lakers.
The contract extension includes a player option for the 2024-25 season.
The 37-year-old James could choose to become a free agent in 2024 or 2025.
He is expected to sign with any team drafting his son Bruni in 2025.
James won his most recent of his four NBA titles with the Lakers in 2020.
Despite his advanced age, James, 37, averaged 30 DPI in 2020-21.
Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul said the league cap deal makes James the highest-paid player in NBA history.
His new deal includes an option for a player who would maintain the second top scorer in NBA history with the Lakers after his 40th birthday in December 2024.
James, 37, is heading into the final year of his last contract with the Lakers, who signed the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and four-time champion in July 2018. The new deal means 18 times.
The All-Star will make $46.7 million this season.
Barring an injury, James will likely surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s scoring king this winter.
James and the Lakers are still hoping to contend for another title if James and Anthony Davis can return to full health after their 2021-22 injury without appearing in the playoffs.