Why LeBron James on Phoenix Suns next season isn't that far-fetched

The LeBron James to Phoenix Suns speculation swirled after The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Friday that Bronny James, LeBron's son, would work out for the Suns ahead of the 2024 NBA Draft.

Could the Suns draft Bronny James with the No. 22 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft and then sign LeBron James to a veteran minimum contract?

Many might scoff at the mere thought of it, but several NBA writers made cases for why the idea of LeBron James and Bronny James in Phoenix might actually not be that far-fetched in the midst of the swirling rumors and speculation.

Of course, Phoenix would have to pick Bronny James for this scenario to even have a remote chance at unfolding, but there are several reasons why it could unfold, according to some NBA insiders.

LeBron James can opt out of his contract for the 2024-25 season and become a free agent.

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The front office insider told PHNX Suns: "Hypothetical. We have interest in him at 22. What's LeBron going to do? You know our situation here, we have $3 million bucks. We have a really good developmental program. This is not about the dad, this is about investing long term and all that stuff.  But I do think it's worth having the conversation. I really do. … Until you ask, you never know."

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Shams Charania and Doug Haller wrote: “Is it possible drafting [Bronny James] could help the Suns lure LeBron to the desert on a minimum contract? Probably not. But if you’re  (GM James) Jones and owner Mat Ishbia, it doesn’t hurt to explore.”

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Gerald Bourguet wrote: "On the Bronny/LeBron James front, Bron sacrificing millions to join the Suns on a vet minimum isn't as outlandish as it seems. LeBron is a billionaire, and as much as it isn't the SOLE factor in where he plays next, playing with his son would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

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LeBron James is close friends with Kevin Durant. That can't hurt the Suns' chances to land the Lakers star this NBA offseason.

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Gerald Bourguet wrote: "This is just my opinion, not sourced info, but if he can do that on a team that's built to contend, in a city that's only an hour flight from LA, for an owner willing to spend? It's a crazy conversation, but hypothetically, Phoenix would have to be near the top of that list."

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It wrote: "LeBron getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with his son, remains in close proximity to his LA residence, and joins a core of Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal — which is arguably better than what LA can do this off-season."

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Luke Duffy wrote: "Arizona is an hour away by plane from Los Angeles, and it would be fair to say LeBron does not need the money at this stage of his career. If he went to The Valley on a minimum, he would also have a better chance of winning a championship than he currently does with the Lakers. James and Kevin Durant are also friends, and it would surely be nice to play with him as well."

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Yes, there appear to be several reasons why LeBron James could end up playing for the Phoenix Suns next season.

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