LeBron James extension: There is no deal between the Lakers and James, per report.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James became eligible to sign an extension with the team on Thursday, but there is no agreement between the two sides. ESPN’s Dave McMenaminBut through an apparition NBA Today. There’s technically no rush for James, who has a year left on his current contract, to sign an extension, as he has until June 30 to do so before becoming an unrestricted free agent. Do it.

Although no deal has yet been finalized, James and his agent, Rich Paul, met with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on Thursday in what James’ agent described as “productive.” The two sides are expected to continue discussions on the matter. McMenamin.

A recent report by Marc Stein suggests that James is very happy in LA, and he is. The Lakers are unlikely to leave. Anytime before 2024, as his son, Broni, will be eligible to enter the NBA draft. James has previously expressed his desire to play in the same team as his son.

From Stan:

Sources emphasized that James is happy in Los Angeles despite the Lakers’ back-to-back rocky seasons. Since James signed with the Lakers in the summer of 2018, he and his family have, by all accounts, become increasingly entrenched in Southern California.

Prevailing thinking in league circles is that only the chance to play elsewhere with son Brony James, who will be eligible for the 2024 draft and continue to develop as an NBA prospect, will keep LeBron out of LA. Will emphasize.

In order to stay in LA through 2024, James must add at least one more season to the end of his current contract. Perhaps he will sign a two-year deal that includes a player option for a second season that would allow him to leave the Lakers and add Bruin to a team if he makes it to the league.

Given the amount of time he has to decide, it’s not surprising that James didn’t sign a second extension when he became eligible to do so. After all, he’ll want to see how the Lakers view the court before making a long commitment. It would be hard to blame him after the way the team has looked the past two seasons.