In Los Angeles LeBron James, the star player for the Los Angeles Lakers, is debating retiring when the 2023–24 NBA season begins in the fall, according to league insiders who spoke to Bleacher Report and TNT.
A lot is on LeBron’s mind, according to insiders.
It’s anticipated that James would take his time selecting whether or not to return for Year 21. His deal has two years and $97 million left, but the last year is a player option.
After the Lakers were swept by the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night, this shocking revelation was made.
After 20 years, if this is it for LeBron, he would leave the game as the all-time leader in scoring, having passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this season, and first all-time in postseason scoring, with 2,036 points separating him from Michael Jordan in second place.
LeBron’s oldest kid Bronny, who is anticipated to be selected in the 2024 NBA Draft, has heard him express a great desire to play in the league throughout this season.
This year, James was still among the league’s top players, earning a berth on the Third Team of the All-NBA. The 38-year-old, 19-time All-Star’s season averages were 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.8 assists, which helped the Lakers reach the Western Conference Finals despite a 0-16 start.
According to Spotrac, Los Angeles has $29.6 million in usable cap space going into the 2023 offseason.
Only six players, including James, Davis, Vanderbilt, Beasley, and Mo Bamba, are officially under contract for the 2023–24 season, leaving little long-term cash on Los Angeles’ books.