Lakers Open to Exploring LeBron Family Proposal Following $78 Million Ultimatum, Surprising Trade Rumors

Lakers Open to Exploring LeBron Family Proposal Following $78 Million Ultimatum, Surprising Trade Rumors

The Los Angeles Lakers are considering a unique strategy to keep LeBron James on their team. Speculation has been swirling around whether James will exercise his player option or become a free agent after this season. In an effort to make sure LeBron stays in Los Angeles, the Lakers are open to the idea of adding his son, Bronny James, to their roster for the 2024-25 season, as reported by The Athletic. Bronny, currently a freshman at USC, will be eligible for the 2024 NBA Draft. The Lakers see the potential addition of Bronny as a way to keep LeBron happy and engaged with the team. LeBron has been vocal about his desire to play alongside his son in the NBA. Teams are well aware that their chances of luring LeBron will be increased if they show interest in Bronny. Although LeBron turned down an opportunity to join the Warriors before the trade deadline, there are reports suggesting that he may be looking to leave Hollywood.

Will LeBron and Bronny play together next season? (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Could LeBron James and his son, Bronny, potentially team up next season? While LeBron’s career is still going strong as he approaches 40, it remains unclear if Bronny will enter this year’s draft. He has been underperforming for the struggling USC team, averaging just 5.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game, with a shooting percentage of only 35.6%. These numbers are far from impressive and don’t align with the expectations of a first-round or lottery pick. Additionally, Bronny faced a setback with cardiac arrest in July and didn’t make his debut until December. Ultimately, the possibility of LeBron and Bronny playing together next season hangs in the balance.

If there’s an agreement that includes LeBron, teams would be more inclined to consider drafting Bronny, making it more acceptable. Although the Lakers won’t have their first-round pick, they still have two second-round picks, as the choice lies with New Orleans to have the pick or opt for the Lakers’ 2025 first-round pick in the Anthony Davis trade. According to The Athletic, the Lakers have a favorable position to acquire top talent this summer, which is beneficial for maintaining LeBron’s satisfaction. Currently, the Lakers hold the ninth spot in the Western Conference with a record of 30-26, making them eligible for the NBA Play-In Tournament.

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