James’ present deal had been set to run out on the finish of the 2021-22 season. As a part of the brand new deal, James is about to earn $41 million within the first yr of the extension, earlier than he earns $44.5 million within the last yr of his contract.
On the age of 38, he’ll grow to be a free agent once more in 2023 — the identical yr his eldest son Bronny graduates from highschool.
Final yr, NBA commissioner Adam Silver opened up the chance to go straight from highschool to the NBA — like James did again in 2003 — somewhat than attend faculty or play in a overseas league first.
Earlier this yr, Silver doubled down on this plan, saying: “We’ve not made it a secret lately it’s our intention, though we nonetheless have to work out the small print with the gamers affiliation, to return to an entry age of 18.”
In 2018, James indicated he needed to play along with his son, saying, “If I am on the identical courtroom as my son within the NBA. That might be No. 1 in my lifetime as an NBA participant. I’ve considered it as a result of my son is about to be 14, and he would possibly be capable to get in there a bit earlier.”
Bronny James is at present a sophomore at Sierra Canyon highschool in Los Angeles, and is taken into account to be among the finest highschool basketball prospects within the nation.
Elsewhere within the NBA, one other household has had their dream come true, as all three Ball brothers now have contracts with NBA groups.
The eldest and youngest brothers have had extra excessive profile entries into the league with Lonzo chosen second general by the Lakers within the 2017 NBA Draft and LaMelo chosen third general by the Charlotte Hornet’s on this yr’s draft. Lonzo has since been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Now, center brother LiAngelo Ball has signed with the Detroit Pistons. In accordance
to The Athletic, he reportedly signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract on Wednesday.
LiAngelo has had a extra tumultuous journey to the NBA than his brothers.
Throughout his time at UCLA, he and two different teammates have been arrested days earlier than the 2017 season-opener in China and have been questioned about shoplifting sun shades from a Louis Vuitton retailer, and UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero confirmed the trio shoplifted from three shops close to their resort.
Doubtlessly confronted jail time, US President Donald Trump intervened and requested Chinese language President Xi Jinping to assist, with the costs finally dropped.
If two Ball brothers have been to play on the identical roster, and confronted the third brother, they may emulate the Vacation brothers. In December 2019, the Holidays turned the primary trio of brothers to play in the identical sport in league historical past.
Westbrook strikes once more
In the meantime, after reportedly
demanding a commerce away from the Houston Rockets after only one season, Russell Westbrook has obtained what he desires.
The very best profile commerce of this yr’s offseason sees 2017 NBA MVP Westbrook despatched to the Washington Wizards in return for 2010 first general choose John Wall together with a lottery-protected first-round draft choose.
Like Westbrook, Wall had reportedly additionally needed out of his group. Wall leaves Washington after 10 years wherein the group made the playoffs simply 4 occasions, and by no means made it additional than the second spherical.
The upheaval in Houston will not be over simply but.
The 2018 NBA MVP James Harden has additionally privately requested for a commerce, however it’s hoped the addition of Wall could entice him to stick with the group. Based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Harden wishes a commerce to the Brooklyn Nets the place he might play alongside perennial All-Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.