The future of LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers has come under question based on their ability to build a roster around him and Anthony Davis that is capable of being a title contender. The Lakers have been reluctant to part with their two tradeable future first round picks unless it is a move that makes a dramatic difference.
Despite whatever frustrations James may have currently, he is not believed to have interest in leaving the Lakers this offseason. James signed a two-year extension with the Lakers this past offseason, which made him ineligible to be traded during the 22-23 season. The preference of James is believed to still finish his career with the Lakers.
"I last checked in on this last week and I don't even remember what LeBron's comments were last week," said Zach Lowe. "They've since been superseded by more recent comments. Oh, they were to you when you asked the question at the press conference it was about how the 'Losing is not in my DNA. I don't want to end my career... blah, blah blah, like this.'
"I just keep hearing despite this rush of 'What could the Lakers get if they traded LeBron? How much of a flight risk is he?'
"I keep hearing he wants to stay with the Lakers. He wants to finish his career with the Lakers. His comments though should be interpreted as his patience is not infinite and if this is just a continued morass of losing, maybe that changes. But if you force me to bet, I'd still bet on him finishing his career with the Lakers. And I'd feel pretty confident in that."
Dave McMenamin detailed that James can opt out in 2024, which could allow him to sign a new deal for more guaranteed years, or he can also play with his son Bronny James. Bronny becomes draft eligible in 2024 and LeBron could choose to play on his son's team if he enters the NBA that year.
"I think if he had his druthers, he plays on the Lakers until he hangs it up," said Dave McMenamin. "Bronny James is on the Lakers. And the Lakers are back in the playoffs every single season. I think that would be enough. It's not championship or bust. It's competitive basketball or bust. I think that's his breaking point."