Recently rumored to be leaving the Los Angeles Lakers due to several signs showed from LeBron James, the franchise finally made an official statement about what is going on and claiming that there is no issue. It might sound as if the Lakers and James are in better shape looking forward, but there are still some people who think otherwise.
Previously with James, signs of retirement
LeBron James is still bound to a two-year contract of an $85-million deal with the Lakers. The four-time NBA champion told the media that he wanted to play his final year with his son, Bronny James.
Now, also being dragged to the scene, Bronny James might likely not be eligible until the 2024 NBA draft. Sources believed that it does not matter if he has ‘James’ on his last name, that does not necessarily mean Bronny will immediately get the seat, according to reports.
“He won’t be eligible for the NBA until the 2024 draft and, based on my own checking with various teams, Bronny wouldn’t be a draft candidate that quickly — based on where he is as a player today — without the nudge he’s getting from Dad, who will turn 40 during the 2024-25 season,” said NBA reporter Marc Stein,
Then, when LeBron was asked about a potential third return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he said “the door’s not closed on that”, which potentially added the signs to his breakup with the Lakers.
After that, since winning the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2020, the Lakers have not been able to perform consistently. This could be another sign of probability that the 18-time NBA All-Star might be aborting the ship.
However, the misleading rumors were turned down by Rich Paul himself on Saturday, who believed that communication is inappropriate to be done indirectly.
That’s a whole lot of denial for something that’s supposedly not an issue https://t.co/SSVJIa8axl
— Bill Reiter (@sportsreiter) February 26, 2022
LeBron to stay with the Lakers
“This is a franchise I see myself being with. I’m here. I’m here,” James told reporters.
King James brushed off the speculations that the NBA world has made, declaring that he will stay with the Lakers until he retires. On Saturday’s interview with the media, James’ agent, Rich Paul sat down with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss to figure things out.
With the issue going around, and rumors saying that Klutch group and James were upset with general manager Rob Pelinka, Paul confirmed that the meeting brought more peacefulness to everyone.
“And I don’t think that’s who we are, who LeBron is. We have a great partnership with the Lakers. The Klutch Sports Group and the Lakers don’t have an issue,” Paul suggested.
“Rich Paul and Rob Pelinka don’t have an issue. LeBron James and Rob Pelinka don’t have an issue. And Jeanie Buss and LeBron and Rich Paul don’t have an issue. It’s very simple. Very simple. So, you know, whoever put that type of stuff out, and people run with it, I think it’s unfair to the Lakers,” Paul added.
The official statement being released on Twitter also invited controversial responses.
One of them is “That’s a whole lot of denial for something that’s supposedly not an issue,” Bill Reiter, a verified sports fan stated.
To whatever issues there are, inevitably, only internal teams and parties will know the 100% truth.