LeBron Signs Crazy $85m Lakers Extension - Reports
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) waits to shoot a free throw during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets

On the eve of the 2020-21 NBA season, LeBron James has signed a remarkable two-year contract extension worth $85m with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The bumper deal was confirmed by James’ agent Rich Paul on Wednesday, keeping the 35-year-old 2020 NBA Finals MVP with the LA Lakers until 2023.

James has done it all in basketball, winning four NBA titles with three different franchises; Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Lakers.

He’s also a four-time NBA Finals MVP and four-time NBA MVP, plus a 16-time NBA All-Star and a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the United States national team.

James is expected to make $39.2 million in 2020-21, $41.2 million in 2021-22 and $44.5 million in 2022-23.

The record-breaking contract also opens up the possibility of James playing alongside his son Bronny, who is due to graduate high school in 2023, the year when the Lakers power forward becomes a free agent.

James may turn 36 next month but he showed no signs of letting up in 2020 with he Lakers, averaging 25.3 points and leading the NBA in assists with 10.2 per game.

He is currently ranked third on the NBA’s career scoring list with 34,241 points, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in top spot followed by Karl Malone.

The Lakers are yet to confirm the extension, but an announcement is expected soon given Paul’s confirmation to numerous outlets.

The 2020-21 NBA season is due to commence on December 22, with the NBA Finals to be played in July.

Ben somerford
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