Report: LeBron James wants to stay in L.A. and finish his career there

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been some rumblings that LeBron James may request that the Los Angeles Lakers trade him elsewhere this summer.

He has made it clear more than once that he is frustrated at the fact that the Lakers aren’t a championship contender, and he has also implied that he wants them to trade their future draft capital in order to improve the roster right now.

However, Lakers fans who want James to stick around may not need to worry too much, as NBA reporter Zach Lowe said on his recent podcast that he thinks James will spend the rest of his career with the Purple and Gold.

Via Lakers Daily:

“I keep hearing he wants to stay with the Lakers,” Lowe said. “He wants to finish his career with the Lakers. His comments though should be interpreted as his patience is not infinite and if this is just a continued morass of losing, maybe that changes. But if you force me to bet, I’d still bet on him finishing his career with the Lakers. And I’d feel pretty confident in that.”

James is currently under contract for two more seasons after this one, with the 2024-25 campaign being a player option year. Many have speculated that he joined the Lakers in the first place at least partly because of the off-the-court opportunities L.A. has available to him, such as acting and business.

But he has also made it clear that at this point in his career, he is only playing for championships.

So far this season, James is still putting up elite numbers at age 38, as he’s averaging 29.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.


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Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire