LeBron James has made it abundantly clear that he wants to play alongside his son, Bronny, before he retires.
After signing a two-year $85.7 million dollar deal extension in 2020, the Los Angeles Lakers star is under contract through 2022-23.
In 2023, he becomes an unrestricted free agent – at which point the possible father-son union he has discussed so often can finally become a reality.
During a recent episode of The Skip Bayless Show, the controversial Fox Sports broadcaster revealed which team he believes LeBron wants to team up with Bronny on.
“LeBron makes it clear that he will leave the Lakers to play with Bronny, his son,” Bayless said.
“In so doing, he makes the point that, ‘Oh, speaking of Oklahoma City, Sam Presti is actually the MVP of the Oklahoma City Thunder.’
“From everything I read, everything I hear, and the clips I see, I’m just not sure at this point Bronny projects as a first-round NBA pick. But LeBron’s gonna get him drafted high and he’s gonna get him paid, because somebody can get the package deal of Bronny and ‘Bron. Even though ’Bron might only have a year or so left, it might be worth it to Sam Presti.”
Bayless’ comments reference a recent statement made by LeBron at the All-Star Break, where he offered some lofty praise to Presti.
Lakers’ LeBron James on Thunder GM Sam Presti: “The MVP over there is Sam Presti… I don’t understand this guy’s eye for talent. He drafted KD, Russ, Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson, Josh Giddey. … This guy is pretty damn good.” pic.twitter.com/mNb35Ggi6P
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 19, 2022
“The MVP [in OKC] is Sam Presti,” LeBron said. “He’s the MVP. I mean, Josh Giddey is great. But Sam Presti, I don’t understand this guy’s eye for talent. He drafted [Kevin Durant], [Russell Westbrook], Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson, Josh Giddey and the list goes on and on and on. This guy is pretty damn good.”
Bayless is not the first person to link OKC to a possible James family reunion.
Kenny Pickett’s girl has now weighed in on his tiny, tiny hands. https://t.co/Qe71kOB6n8
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 24, 2022
That said, many around the league view the idea of LeBron and Bronny playing together as a pipe dream.
Will the James men prove the haters wrong once again? Time will tell.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.