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LeBron James agrees to a 2 year maximum contract with the Lakers

Free agent LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $104 million maximum contract to return to the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN reports that the deal includes a player option and a no-trade clause, making James one of the two league players with such a clause alongside Phoenix’ Bradley Beal. The terms allows James to take his future in the NBA year-by-year as he enters his 22nd season.

LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, is reportedly in discussions with the Lakers about the possibility of James taking slightly below the maximum salary. The adjustment, potentially around $1 million less, would help the Lakers stay below the second-apron threshold, thereby providing the team with more flexibility for roster-building.

Adding to the excitement, LeBron’s son, Bronny James, was introduced as a new member of the Lakers yesterday after being drafted with the 55th overall pick in this year’s draft. The historic moment marks the first time a father-son duo will play simultaneously in NBA history.

LeBron’s return is expected to bolster the Lakers’ prospects as they look to build a competitive team for the upcoming season. With both LeBron and Bronny on the roster, the Lakers are set for an intriguing season ahead.