According to recent reports, LeBron James is in lively talks with the LA Lakers about a contract extension. NBA analyst Skip Bayless believes James is out of touch with the Lakers because he loves the city and wants to stay.
James, who turns 38 in December, is nearing the end of a career filled with numerous achievements. The topic of where he will end his career has been debated in the NBA community.
Former teammate Kevin Love would love for LBJ to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He believes a statue will be erected for James.
Fans were torn apart. While some believe the four-time NBA champion is no longer interested in winning championships, others have compared him to Michael Jordan.
The reactions kept pouring in. On Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, Bayless said James loves it in LA.
“My reaction to that when I read that last night was that I was surprised but not shocked. The reason I’m not shocked is — I told you from the start — LeBron James isn’t going anywhere else. LeBron James wants to be a Laker to the death and the NBA divorces him. He wants to retire a Los Angeles Laker because he loves living here in Los Angeles.
“He wants to make this his permanent, lifelong home. He wants to be in Hollywood. He wants to be a power broker in Hollywood.”
After speaking about how much the family loves life in LA, Bayless said:
“The point is, the Lakers know there’s no threat here. LeBron James has zero impact for the first time in his career because they know he doesn’t want to leave.
“And I think they’re bluffing whether he would even consider returning to Cleveland in a year or two, even if there’s a potential link to play with Bronny if he finally makes it to the NBA.”
James will become an unrestricted free agent in 2023 if he doesn’t reach an agreement with the Lakers. The veteran spent four years in Los Angeles and could retire as a Laker.
LeBron James is aiming for a fifth NBA title
James and the Lakers missed the playoffs last season after finishing 11th. Despite having three prospective future Hall of Famers on their roster in the first ballot, the Lakers went 33-49.
However, the Lakers are seeking a change. They have been heavily linked with Kyrie Irving since free agency began but have been unable to reach a resolution with the Nets.
James has promised not to miss the playoffs again in his career. However, participation is not enough for the Lakers captain.
Health has been the Lakers’ primary concern, which is why most people don’t see them as competitors. But a healthy James and Anthony Davis could pose a problem for opposing teams.
James, who turns 38 in December, plays at the MVP level and nearly won the scoring title last season. Although he can’t carry teams like he used to, he remains an invaluable member of the team.
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