LeBron James No Longer Prioritizing Teaming Up With Bronny, per Report

Southern California Trojans guard Bronny James and father LeBron James
Southern California Trojans guard Bronny James and father LeBron James / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has many decisions to make regarding his future with his current franchise, but according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, teaming up with his eldest son Bronny in the NBA is no longer a priority for the 39-year-old.

During an appearance on NBA Today, Wojnarowski reported on James's plans for the offseason, including the opt-out in the forward's current Lakers' contract which has a deadline of June 29.

Wojnarowski said he's spoken with James's agent Rich Paul, who indicated that LeBron's main priority is helping Bronny find the best situation for himself.

"I think that's the priority for them as a family, what's best for Bronny James. If it ends up [LeBron and Bronny] together, then that would be great. But I don't get the sense that it's playing much of any role in LeBron James' decision on next season," said Wojnarowski, adding that "in all likelihood" LeBron would return to Los Angeles next year.

LeBron has not shied away from his desire to play alongside his son in the league, a sentiment that he's maintained for the last few years. It seems, however, that ensuring Bronny gets on the best path towards success in the NBA is something that will take precedence.

Wojnarowski indicated it's unlikely that the Lakers select Bronny with the No. 17 pick in the draft, a selection they're more likely to trade than use themselves. Los Angeles doesn't select again until pick No. 55, at which point it's unlikely Bronny would still be available.


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Karl Rasmussen

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