LeBron James to opt out of Lakers contract and enter free agency market: report


Four-time NBA champion LeBron James is expected to opt out of the last year of his current contract, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. 

An opt-out would make the Los Angeles Lakers forward an unrestricted free agent. However, the belief within most NBA circles is that James does not intend to leave the Lakers. 

In May, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said if James decided to opt out, the move would likely center on the structure of his contract. If James wants to add a no-trade clause to his deal, that could be achieved in a new contract.

Three years is the maximum number of years James can now sign for due to the NBA’s over-38 rule. The Lakers brass is reportedly willing to grant James “any contract structure” he wants in a new deal.

If James truly wants to explore his options this offseason, the Philadelphia 76ers are one team that his name has been linked to. The Sixers would likely have enough salary cap space to add James to its roster.

Moving to Philly would pair James with star big man Joel Embiid and the most improved player from this past season, Tyrese Maxey.

On Thursday, ESPN reported that the Lakers and JJ Redick agreed to terms of a four-year contract to make him the team’s next head coach. James recently launched the “Mind the Game” podcast, which is co-hosted by Redick.

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