Lakers, LeBron James reportedly talk $98M extension


FILE PHOTO: Apr 1, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms up before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are discussing a two-year extension worth $98 million, according to multiple reports.

James, 37, became eligible for a contract extension on Thursday and met with general manager Rob Pelinka.

He can become a free agent in 2023 if he opts to do so, but ESPN reported the initial talks were "productive."

Uncertainty about James' interest in a new deal exists because of statements he has made about spending his final season on whatever roster his son, Bronny James, winds up on as a rookie.

Bronny James attends Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles and is currently not eligible for the NBA draft until 2024.

The Athletic reported Bronny James could consider the NBA G League or NBL in Australia -- LaMelo Ball played one year in the NBL -- if he opts against playing one season of college basketball.

--Field Level Media

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