LeBron James may be leaning toward playing out his current contract and making a decision on his future next summer, sources tell Sam Amick of The Athletic. In August, James will become eligible for a two-year extension that would pay him $97.1MM and tie him to the Lakers through the end of the 2024/25 season.
Although that’s more than he could get from any other team, the organization’s turmoil and lack of success on the court could make him think twice about extending him commitment to the Lakers. James, who said in February that he would like to someday be on the same team with his son, Bronny, could return to playing on one-year contracts the way he did during his second stint in Cleveland, Amick adds, citing sources close to the situation.
James is intrigued by by the idea of setting the all-time scoring record in a Lakers’ uniform, but he also wants to contend for championships, which may be out of reach in L.A. When asked about the extension on Monday, he didn’t offer a direct answer.
“The conversation hasn’t been talked about,” James responded. “Technically it’s because (with) the collective bargaining agreement (it) cannot even be discussed until later on in the year. So, you know, I know what’s out there. But we can’t even — myself and (agent) Rich (Paul) — can’t even begin to talk with (GM) Rob (Pelinka), or the front office at all, because of the collective bargaining agreement. So (when) we get to that point, we’ll see.”
There’s more on the Lakers:
- If Russell Westbrook remains with the team next season, there will be “significant pressure” for him to become a sixth man, according to Amick, who states that “some key Lakers figures” thought that should have been his role this year. Westbrook clashed repeatedly with just-fired head coach Frank Vogel, so it’s possible that he would be more accommodating to a new coach.
- James would be “very enthused” to see Mark Jackson become the team’s next head coach, Amick adds. Jackson, a broadcaster for ABC and ESPN, has been out of coaching since the Warriors fired him after the 2013/14 season. Amick notes that the Lakers haven’t always taken coaching advice from James, who preferred Tyronn Lue and Jason Kidd before Vogel was hired in 2019.
- Many of the prominent names mentioned in the Lakers’ coaching search are already under contract and may be out of reach, writes Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times. Quin Snyder‘s deal with the Jazz runs for at least another year, and sources tell Turner that Snyder has less interest in the L.A. job after seeing how the organization mishandled Vogel’s firing. Nick Nurse has two years left on his contract in Toronto and it’s assumed around the league that the Raptors won’t let him leave, Turner adds, while Juwan Howard reportedly wants to stay at Michigan and coach his sons. However, even though he has three years left on his contract with the Sixers, Doc Rivers “should not be discounted as a candidate,” a source familiar with the situation tells Turner.
19 thoughts on “Lakers Rumors: LeBron, Westbrook, M. Jackson, Coaching Candidates”
Any coach we get will be better than doc I can’t get past the second round rivers
Lakers ultimate goal is play-in game next 3 seasons.
Doc is good regular season coach. Forget about playoffs.
Doc “I coached the 07 Celtics to a title so I will continuously get chances to coach” Rivera
The play in game will never be the Lakers goal, even if that’s where our roster projects to get us. Aside from the obvious rebuild the Lakers are a championship or bust franchise.
Love Mark Jackson (Go Red Storm!) but not sure that its a good fit other than he is a Klutch client.
I actually think Mark Jackson is probably a decent candidate, every playoff coach this year isn’t gonna leave their team unless forced too, and like the article states we all saw what happened to Vogel, we all heard Westbrook’s absolutely delusional comments after Vogel was fired, why would a successful coach jump into a dumpster fire like the Lakers current situation, mark jackson has to hold some respect in every circle around the league, could see him being the biggest named candidate with interest
We have (not) seen this movie before.
How many sports movies have an aging prima donna character who can’t back it up anymore but blames it on everything but themselves? Westbrook…Aisle 1…Reality Check!
last boy scout.
Well, LBJ was right about Kidd being a better choice. They should actually listen to him this time and get Jackson.
Hand down, man down.
You did that Mark-Jackson-phrase same time I did exactly! I spot a trend…
Westbrook could be a top rebounder if he set his mind to it. Deal: “RW you can bring the ball up if you rebound it.” He would lead the league in rebs with Drummond a part-timer. Isn’t that a good goal, considering what fulltime PG got him? He likes the triple-double stat… Go fo the reb stat.
your using logic, westbrook is all emotion
Will Mark Jackson quit his pastor job?? It’s a conflict esp when he flew out just to give sermons, not to mention inviting own players to attend some of his services.
Lakers problem is not coaching
“I’d hit Savannah out of the park”
– Mark Jackson
The flip side of the LeBron speculation should be; will the Lakers even want him back after next season? Do they want to pay LeBron $50 million a year in his age 39 and 40 seasons?
Also, they really need a tear down/rebuild but will they commit to it any time soon? Once they do face reality and pull the trigger, LeBron will want out anyway.
I almost wish Lakers made the playoffs so wed get less of these non-stories.
“Westbrook had a bad season, let’s rehash it once again.”
“Lebron might stay in LA. But also, he might not. More at 11.”
“Here’s a list of people who have coached or thought about coaching at some point, and there connection, no matter how tenuous, to Lebaron Ajmes.”
As a diehard Lakers fan, I am so sick of Lebron. I appreciate that he won the team a championship but I’m so sick of all his BS. I might sound crazy but I wish they’d trade him for picks and core players and rebuild the team.
Not sure it’s LeBron as much as the leadership and their bad decision – making combined with the embarrassing family drama that surfaced after Jeannie took over. Really unprofessional.