LeBron James Agrees to a Two-Year, $97.1 Million USD Extension With the Lakers

He’s now the highest-earning player in NBA history with $532 million USD in career guaranteed money.

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LeBron James has inked a two-year $97.1 Million USD contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers that includes a player option for the 2024-25 season. All thanks to a 15% trade kicker that is integrated into the deal, the four-time champion is officially the highest-paid player in NBA history as he’s earned a staggering $532 million USD in guaranteed money.

Despite the fact that James will be turning 38 in the middle of the 2022-2023 season, the perennial All-Star has shown zero signs of slowing down, and this investment on the Lakers’ behalf simply goes to show the supreme confidence that the organization has in him to be the franchise’s centerpiece. Last season, he was sidelined due to a handful of injuries that resulted in him only suiting up for 56 games. This was a big factor in the Lakers missing the playoffs, but he still managed to rack up the stat sheet with averages of 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists.

Whether or not James can lead the storied franchise to another NBA Finals victory remains to be seen, but with a healthy roster and him being the astounding floor leader that he is, there’s always a shot.

In other news, the NBA’s 2022 Christmas Day schedule has been announced.

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