Lakers 'Very Open' to Drafting Bronny James This Summer, per Report

Mar 28, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; McDonald's All American West guard Bronny James (6) speaks with his
Mar 28, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; McDonald's All American West guard Bronny James (6) speaks with his / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-106 loss on Monday night to the Denver Nuggets that ended their season, a report has now circulated indicating that the Lakers would like to make one significant addition to the roster this summer.

Bronny James.

The significance of adding Bronny is tied simply to the fact that he's LeBron's son, and also adds to the likelihood of James electing to remain with the Lakers next season and beyond.

The Lakers are reportedly "very open" to the prospect of adding Bronny to the roster, whether it be through the NBA draft in June or as an undrafted free agent, according to The Athletic. Additionally, James is expected to play "up to two more seasons" as his Hall of Fame career nears its conclusion.

Adding Bronny would fulfill LeBron's dream of playing with his son. LeBron told The Athletic in 2022 that he wanted to play with his son in his final NBA season.

Even if Bronny is added to the roster, the Lakers will need significantly more help.

The shooting woes of D'Angelo Russell came to a head in the series against the Nuggets, and the Lakers need more from their role players outside of Austin Reaves, who played well in Los Angeles' short postseason run.

As for Bronny, what he can be at the NBA level remains to be seen. He failed to make a significant impact in his only season at USC, where he came off the bench in 19 of his 25 games, while averaging 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 36.6% shooting from the floor and 26.7% shooting from three.

Mike McDaniel


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