LeBron James Makes Declarative Statement on His Future Amid Varying Reports

The Lakers superstar hasn't made up his mind regarding his future.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23)
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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday in order to provide an update on his future amid the slew of reports that emerged following the Lakers' playoff exit on Monday evening.

James issued a statement in which he declared that no decision has been made of yet and that he's currently prioritizing spending time with his family.

"I’ve seen, heard a lot of reports about my future," James wrote. "I said it last night and I’ll say it again. I do not know yet as I’m only thinking about spending time with my family & friends! When I know after speaking with the fam, my counsel as well as my representation about it then you guys will know."

James has the potential to opt out of his current deal with Los Angeles and hit unrestricted free agency. Doing so would enable him to re-up with the Lakers on a new contract, one which would likely carry him through to retirement, though he could also potentially leave and sign with a new team.

Alternatively, James could opt into the final year of his deal which would pay him $51.4 million in 2024-25. He'd be eligible for a two-year contract extension in August which would pay him an additional $112 million from '25 to '27.

James made clear that he's not yet made up his mind regarding his next steps following his 20th NBA season, and he plans to discuss with his representation before making an announcement.


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Karl Rasmussen

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Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.