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Los Angeles Lakers willing to explore adding Bronny James to keep LeBron James happy

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The NBA trade deadline is over, but before the All-Star break began, rumors of a LeBron James trade still circulated in some corners of the basketball universe. Warranted or not, James’ future with the Los Angeles Lakers is in question, with just one year remaining on his contract (2025 player option.)

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With James controlling his destiny, depending on whether he opts into his $51.4 million player option, the race for recruiting the basketball icon could heat up during the offseason. If so, the status of LeBron’s son, Bronny James could prove decisive.

Bronny James could be key to LeBron James’ heart

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Bronny James is in his freshman season with the USC Trojans and is viewed as a defensive-minded guard who still has plenty of room for growth as a scorer. He’s not a top 2024 NBA Draft prospect, but he’s still on the radar of scouts.

Yet, LeBron James has mentioned a strong desire to team up with his son in the pros if he’s able to play long enough to do so. Based on the future Hall of Famer’s continued strong play, LeBron doesn’t look ready to hang up his Nikes any time soon.

While it’s still unclear if Bronny will turn pro after one season, if he does, don’t be surprised if LeBron does opt for free agency. But not if the Lakers can secure Bronny’s rights first.

“The Lakers, per the high-ranking team source, are also willing to explore the notion of adding Bronny James next season. This stance, the source said, is rooted in the reality that James’ happiness truly matters to the organization. They will potentially have their 2024 first-round pick (depending on if the New Orleans Pelicans, as part of the blockbuster Davis trade, choose to receive that pick or defer to 2025) and have two second-round picks that could help to that end (the Clippers’ and the less favorable of the Grizzlies’ and Wizards’ selections).”

The Athletic on the Los Angeles Lakers’ pursuit of Bronny James

Since Bronny isn’t expected to be a top pick, if a team makes it a priority to add LeBron’s oldest son, it shouldn’t be too difficult, but that’s only if he declares for the NBA Draft after one season.

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