Lakers’ Lebron James Becomes Highest-Earning Player In NBA History With 2-Year Contract Extension

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Lebron James becomes the new highest-earning player in NBA history thanks to his new contract-extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. James agreed to a 2-year, $97.1 million extension with the Lakers which pushes his career guaranteed money to $532 million. While James is not eligible for a no-trade clause due, the extension does include a 15% trade kicker and a 3rd-year player option for the 2024-25 NBA season. A trade kicker turns a specific percentage of a player’s salary into a bonus in the event of a trade. James was entering the final year of his current deal prior to the extension getting done.

The 37-year-old is regarded as one of the best NBA players of all times. James has acquired multiple accolades throughout his 19+ year career. James is a 4x NBA Champion, 4x NBA Finals MVP, 4x NBA Most Valuable Player, 18x NBA All-Star, 3x NBA All-Star Game MVP, 13x 1st-Team All-NBA, and 3x 2nd-Team All-NBA. With this extension, James joins teammate Anthony Davis in being able to potentially negotiate new deals with the franchise at the end of two seasons.

Due to an established rule in the National Basketball Association’s collective bargaining agreement, James is limited to signing only a two-year extension with the Lakers. James turns 38-years-old on December 30th, and his current deal will reportedly expire by the time he’s 38 or older. James has reportedly expressed interest in playing in the NBA alongside his son Bronny James, who will be eligible for the NBA Draft in 2024.

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Bronny has been trending throughout the world of college basketball, as he’s projected to be a four-star player coming out of high school. As well as a top-60 player in the class of 2023. SportsCenter posted a video of Bronny on Twitter on August 15th, which quickly vent viral with over 3.5 million viewers taking notice.

Rumors and speculations surrounding the 17-year-old allege that the University of Oregon has emerged as the new frontrunner to recruit Bronny. Lebron took to social media to debunk the rumors and allegations surrounding his son, stating that Bronny “hasn’t taken 1 visit yet”.

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