The Klutch Sports representative told ESPN that the conversation was “productive,” but both sides will continue talking about James’s future in Los Angeles.
Thursday marked the four-time NBA champion’s first day of eligibility to sign a contract extension with the Lakers. However, James isn’t expected to sign anything for a while, as he doesn’t have to decide on a contract extension until June 30, 2023.
If a deal is not made by the June deadline, then James will become a free agent. But, there isn’t any immediate pressure to get a contract extension figured out right away, especially on the first day in which he is eligible to do so.
If the 18-time All-Star doesn’t come to an agreement with the Lakers for an extension before the 2022–23 season begins, speculation about James’ future will continue to be a hot topic of conversation.
James has spent the last four seasons with the Lakers, helping them to a NBA title in 2020. Last season, he averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
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