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James is under contract this season for $ 39.2 million. He had a player option for the 2021-22 season with $ 41.0 million Charania He indicated that this extension will continue during the 2022-23 season, replacing this player’s choice and giving him a slight increase.
There might be a particular reason James chose to hit a free agency in the summer of 2023 – the chance to play with his son Bruni if he reached the NBA:
Athletic John Hollinger View more context on the extension:
Firstly, James gets a raise in 2021-22 and 2022-23, because the eight percent increases in extension are more than the projected increase in his recently updated maximum salary. Second, James will likely match his contract term with Anthony’s contract tenure. Davis, who most suspects will soon sign a three-year extension with canceled after the second year – when he’s eligible for the 10-year maximum that’s 35 percent of the maximum. And finally, James can’t sign the cap for anything longer: The rule over 38 years in the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement will become effective for a three-year extension.
The Lakers’ next shoe will be the new contract Anthony Davis is expected to sign with the squad this out of season. At ESPN Adrian Wojnarovsky It was previously reported that the superstar “has several potential scenarios for a new deal with the Lakers, including a three-year, $ 106 million contract that includes a player option for the 2022-23 season – a structure that would coordinate Davis with the final James deal.”
With James now stuck in a deal with the Lakers for three years, Davis could strike a deal for a maximum of four years, with a player option for season four, to align with James’ schedule. This would give him some flexibility going forward if the Lakers could not corner him with star power when James’s contract expires.
But he remains likely to follow the path set by Hollinger Wojnarovsky, as he prepared to sign a 10-year veteran deal ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Regardless, it looks likely that the Lakers have had their star duo for at least a few more years. This is good news for the City of Angels.