According to recent reports, LeBron James is in active conversation with the LA Lakers regarding a contract extension. NBA analyst Skip Bayless thinks James has no influence on the Lakers because he loves the city and wants to stay.
James, who turns 38 in December, is nearing the end of his career, filled with many accomplishments. The subject of where he will finish his career has been discussed in the NBA community.
Former teammate Kevin Love would like to see LBJ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He believes a statue will be erected for James.
Fans were torn. While some believe the four-time NBA champion is no longer interested in winning championships, others have compared him to Michael Jordan.
The reactions continued to pour in. on “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed,” Bayless said James loves it in Los Angeles.
“My response to that, when I read this last night, was, I was surprised but not shocked. The reason I’m not shocked is – I told you this from the start – LeBron James ain’t going nowhere else LeBron James wants to be a Laker til death and the NBA split him up He wants to retire from a Los Angeles Laker because he loves living here in Los Angeles.
“He wants to make this his permanent home for life. He wants to be in Hollywood. He wants to be a Hollywood power broker.”
After explaining how much the family loves living in Los Angeles, Bayless said:
“The thing is, the Lakers know there’s no threat here. LeBron James, for the first time in his career, has zero leverage because they know he doesn’t want to leave.
“And I think they’re calling his bluff on whether he would even consider going back to Cleveland in a year or two, even though there’s a possible connection to play with Bronny when he finally comes to the NBA.”
James will become an unrestricted free agent in 2023 if he can’t reach a deal with the Lakers. The veteran spent four years in Los Angeles and could retire as a Laker.
LeBron James is on the hunt for a fifth NBA title
James and the Lakers missed the playoffs last season after finishing 11th. Despite having three future first-round Hall of Famers on their roster, the Lakers went 33-49.
However, the Lakers are looking to make a change. They have been heavily linked with Kyrie Irving since the start of free agency, but have been unable to find a solution with the Nets.
James has promised not to miss the playoffs again in his career. However, participation is not enough for the captain of the Lakers.
Health has been the top concern for the Lakers, which is why most people don’t see them as contenders. But a healthy James and Anthony Davis could pose a problem for opposing teams.
James, who turns 38 in December, is playing at MVP level and came close to winning the scoring title last season. Although he cannot carry teams like he used to, he remains an invaluable member of the team.