After LeBron James signs a two-year contract extension with the Lakers, speculation grows that he wants to be part of the league’s first active father-son duo with Bronny.
The big news is that LeBron James just signed an $85M dollar, two-year max contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 2, 2020
The big speculation is that James is waiting until his son, 16-year-old LeBron ‘Bronny” James, Jr. is old enough to make the league and play with him. Several major sites and reporters claim that if the NBA drops its controversial “one and done” rule where a player entering the league has to do at least one year of college or be 19-years-old for NBA eligibility that Bronny can come to the league straight out of high school.
LeBron James‘ contract runs through 2023 — when his son, Bronny, graduates high school and could have option to enter the NBA Draft if the league and NBPA change the high school-to-pro rule. https://t.co/6bcMLgYTVV
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 2, 2020
Before the rule was changed, James was drafted in 2003, from St. Vincent – St. Mary High School in Akron, where he won three state championships in four years.
Bronny, a 6’2 freshman at Sierra Canyon High School in Los Angeles, may be able to join his dad by his graduation as it is widely expected that the ‘one and done’ rule could be changed by then.
But although NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in 2019 that he believed it would likely change by the 2023 season, per The Washington Post, recent talks between the league and the NBA Player’s Association have stalled, putting a potential LeBron/Bronny NBA linkup further out or reach.
“The appetite among NBA teams for eliminating this rule, I’m not sure exactly if it’s there right now,” Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress. said on The Woj Pod hosted by ESPN’s basketball reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, earlier this year. “In talking to GMs and executives, I think that they’ve made it clear to their owners that they aren’t in any rush whatsoever right now to eliminate one-and-done. They like the way that things are set up right now with players going to college for a year, or going to Australia or now the G League.”
Those speculating that LeBron has playing with Bronny in mind are emboldened by an interview he gave in 2018.
“I’m 33, [LeBron James Jr.] is 13. … If he has a chance [to play in the NBA], and it seems like he can make it, you got to,” he told ESPN after a game, per Bleacher Report. He expressed similar sentiments in a GQ article in 2017.
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