According to recent reports, LeBron James actively conversing with LA Lakers on contract renewal. NBA Analyst Skip Bayless believes James doesn’t have any leverage with the Lakers because he loves the city and wants to stay.
James, who turns 38 in December, is nearing the end of his career, a man of many accomplishments. The topic of where he would end his career was discussed in the NBA community.
The fan was torn. While some believe the four-time NBA champion is no longer interested in winning the championship, others have compare him to Michael Jordan.
Bayless said James loved it in LA.
“My response to this, when I read this last night, I was surprised but not shocked. The reason I’m not shocked is – I told you at the beginning – LeBron James is not going anywhere. LeBron James wants to be a Laker until death and the NBA will break up with him He wants to retire from being a Los Angeles Laker because he likes living here in Los Angeles.
“He wants to make this his permanent home for the rest of his life. He wants to be in Hollywood. He wants to be a power broker in Hollywood.”
After talking about how the family loved life in LA, Bayless said:
“The point is, the Lakers know there’s no threat here. LeBron James, for the first time in his career, has no leverage, because they know he doesn’t want to leave.
“And I think they’re calling him a bluff about whether he’d consider coming back to Cleveland in a year or two even if there’s a possible link to playing with Bronny when he’s out. finally made it to the NBA.”
James will become an unrestricted free agent in 2023 if he fails to strike a deal with the Lakers. The veteran spent four years in Los Angeles and could retire as a Laker.
LeBron James is looking for a fifth NBA title
James and the Lakers missed the playoffs last season after placing 11th. Despite three future Hall of Fame players being voted first on their roster, the Lakers went 33-49.
James has promised not to miss the playoffs again in his career. However, involvement wasn’t enough for the Lakers captain.
Health is the Lakers’ primary concern, which is why most people don’t consider them a contender. But a healthy James and Anthony Davis can cause problems for opposing teams.
James, who turns 38 in December, is performing at MVP level and was close to winning the scoring title last season. Although he can’t carry the team like he used to, he is still an invaluable member of the team.