Jalen Rose on LeBron James: 'The Lakers know he ain't leaving now'

Jalen Rose on LeBron James: 'The Lakers know he ain't leaving now'

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Jalen Rose on LeBron James: 'The Lakers know he ain't leaving now'

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Right now, LeBron has just one more year on his current deal. This means that unless he signs an extension, The King is going to be a free agent again next summer. If you ask former NBA player turned ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, however, he is adamant that LeBron isn’t going anywhere. According to Rose, the Lakers know that they’re going to be able to keep LeBron in Hollywood beyond this season because of his family (h/t Michael Macasero of sportskeeda): “They know he ain’t leaving now,” Rose said. “So it don’t even matter what happens with the contract. They know they got the house out here, the wife out here, they know the kids out here.
Source: Paolo Songco @ Clutch Points

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
LeBron James is eligible as of today for a two-year contract extension with the Lakers worth nearly $100 million.
Full preview: marcstein.substack.com/p/decision-tim…9:28 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Family at heart of decision for LeBron on Lakers’ contract extension nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/04/fam…8:50 AM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
LeBron James is now eligible to sign a 2 year $97.1M extension with the Lakers.
Here are the options for James and the financial implication in LA, with or without a new contract.
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espn.com/nba/insider/st…7:23 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
LeBron is dead set on playing with Bronny. Right now he’s a fringe NBA prospect at best. Needs at least 3 years at a mid-major. That would be the 2026 NBA Draft. LeBron will be 42. Best case scenario is to go undrafted. Then sign a two-way with the South Bay Lakers. – 11:35 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
LeBron James could sign an extension with the Lakers tomorrow. Or he could not. If he doesn’t, buckle up. It could fuel speculation about a third #Cavs go-around, something the organization would be open to — under the right terms.
cleveland.com/cavs/2022/08/l…6:40 PM
Could you see LeBron going back to Cleveland? 👀
@Bobby Marks on what could be a wild 2023 free agency ➡️ https://t.co/HDRpTfCDBd pic.twitter.com/WQNKfLr59L5:27 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
LeBron James to #Cavs for a third time? His looming extension decision could end all the speculation — or fuel it even more
cleveland.com/cavs/2022/08/l…1:13 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
NEW @TheCrossover Pod w/@Howard Beck: Remembering Bill Russell, a significant week for LeBron and the Lakers, the NBA’s tampering investigation into the Knicks, Sixers, more. Links: bit.ly/2w1G5e211:25 AM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Column: Will LeBron sign an extension this week? Unlikely, for several reasons. But if he doesn’t the speculation about an LA exit — and another reunion with Cleveland — will begin si.com/nba/2022/08/03…10:48 AM

More on this storyline

Jalen Rose: “We always think about it as LeBron James the superstar, not always LeBron James the father, the dad, the human being. I don’t think he’s gonna necessarily wanna uproot to go play somewhere else.” -via Clutch Points / August 4, 2022
With halftime lasting 15 minutes and 50 seconds, the studio crew of Mike Greenberg, Stephen A. Smith and Jalen Rose (joined by Magic Johnson for Game 1) got just a measly three minutes and 15 seconds of air time. Normally, Adrian Wojnarowski is part of the crew, but he missed Game 1 because of COVID-19. -via Sports Illustrated / June 6, 2022
Kyrie Irving, who was basically a part-time player for the Nets this season, received a lone vote for the All-NBA Third Team. The man, nay culprit, who did the deed owned up to it – former NBA star Jalen Rose. “I need to fall on the sword. Because I’m the lone person who voted Kyrie Irving 3rd Team All-NBA,” Rose admitted to voting for the Nets guard. “I’m the lone person to do that. I get mesmerized by his talent, but it was a mistake to put him 3rd team. And I’m glad it didn’t cost Trae Young his spot cause he deserved it more.” -via Clutch Points / May 26, 2022
LeBron James has three options with the Lakers’ extension offer: 1) Ignore it, don’t sign it, and become a free agent next summer. 2) Sign it for the full two years and lock himself in with the Lakers until age 40. 3) Sign for one additional year, or one year with a player option for the second year (a 1+1). Option 3 keeps LeBron settled in Los Angeles but with flexibility if and when Bronny enters the NBA in another market. Most sources NBC spoke with expected LeBron will go with option three — a 1+1 — but that he may take his time signing it. There is no rush. And if that keeps the pressure on the Lakers to upgrade the roster, all the better. -via NBC Sports / August 4, 2022
James, who turns 38 in December, can negotiate an extension through the end of next June, providing a long runway before any decision needs to be made. However, the prospect of James playing out the final year of his current contract without further agreement could turn into a significant distraction during Darvin Ham’s first year as the Lakers’ coach. James, though, could use pending free agency as leverage, forcing the Lakers into strengthening their roster by forfeiting even more future draft picks. The Lakers, according to people with knowledge of the situation said, haven’t shown interest in deals requiring them to trade both their 2027 and 2029 first-round picks. The team has also resisted taking on long-term contracts in deals. -via Los Angeles Times / August 4, 2022

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