Report: LeBron considering retirement after Lakers’ playoff loss initially aired on NBC Sports Chicago
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has repeatedly expressed a desire to play in the NBA with his son Bronnie, who is likely to enter the league in the 2024-25 season.
But LeBron may have a change of heart.
After the Lakers swept the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference finals at Crypto.com Arena on Monday, TNT and Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes said league officials said James would play next season. , reported that he “doesn’t know” if his retirement will expire. consideration.
Haynes’ report comes shortly after James interviewed reporters after Game 4 and admitted he would have to consider whether to continue his playing career.
At 38 years old, it would be surprising to see LeBron leaving playing at such a high level. On Monday night, he had a game-high 40 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He made 15-of-25 field shots and 4-of-7 3-point shots.
In his 20th NBA season, James averaged 29.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 35.5 minutes in 55 games. He averaged 24.5 points in 16 playoff games, including six straight second-round wins against Stephen Curry’s Warriors.
James still has two years left on his contract, which includes a player option for the 2024-25 season. He is expected to bring in just under $47 million next season. His 2024 options are worth just over $50 million.
If James leaves, it would mark the end of one of the greatest careers in NBA history. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft lived up to the hype and cemented his place among the greatest players of all time. Earlier this season, he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most regular-season points in NBA history.
But it’s also possible that the bitterness of losing the NBA playoffs made James hint at retirement. He’s still playing at superstar level and wants to play alongside his son in the 2024-25 season, so it seems hard to believe that he’s announcing his retirement now.
Only time will tell if James actually leaves or returns to playing for the Lakers next season.