LeBron James signed a two-year, $85 million extension with the Lakers on Wednesday, and while the price tag is a big one, the length of the contract is more notable. It sets up James to become a free agent in 2023, which just so happens to be the same year his son, Bronny, could become eligible to enter the NBA Draft.
Which means LeBron and Bronny playing together on the same team could eventually come to fruition.
First, the NBA would need to change its one-and-done rule and allow prospects to enter the draft straight out of high school. The 2023 draft has often been circled as the first year that rule could be back in play, lining up Bronny to potentially make the jump from Sierra Canyon High School, where he is currently the No. 24 recruit by ESPN in the class of 2023.
LeBron would turn 39 during the 2023-2024 NBA season, but he has shown little signs of slowing down, having just won his fourth championship and NBA Finals MVP at the age of 35. He also hasn’t shied away from the possibility of playing with or against Bronny in the NBA. Lebron has stated that his biggest achievement would be to play in the NBA at the same time as his son.