LeBron James drew media criticism for his new contract extension, which might hamstring the Lakers’ efforts to construct a championship workforce.
“This extension does undoubtedly show that James shares one trait with earlier Lakers stars. James seemingly runs the workforce,” Invoice Plaschke of the Los Angeles Occasions wrote.
In a tweet, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps shared an identical opinion: “This takes an enormous potential method for the Lakers to re-tool – him taking much less cash, like (Philadelphia’s James) Harden did this summer time – off the board.”
On Wednesday, James signed an extension value $97.1M over two years to his present contract with the Lakers, The second yr (2024-25) is a participant possibility.
As famous by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, James surpassed Kevin Durant because the highest-earning participant in NBA historical past. James now has $532M in assured cash.
James has averaged 27.1 factors, 7.5 rebounds and seven.4 assists over 1,366 profession video games with the Cavaliers, Warmth and Lakers. The 37-year-old has received NBA championships with these three groups.