Four-time NBA champion LeBron James signed a lucrative new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers but he insists the money isn't the most satisfying part of his two-year, $85 million extension. James, who turns 36 years of age this week, is now guaranteed to have at least 20 seasons in the NBA and his current contract will expire once his son LeBron James Jr.
graduates from high school. "The best thing about it is the year I'll be a free agent will be the same year my oldest son graduates high school," James said, as quoted on ESPN. "So I'll have some options to see, for me personally, what I want to do forward, being around my family, being around my son more or continue to play this game I love with great health and great spirits.
James hopes to play with or against his son on an NBA court
Two years ago, James revealed one of his desires was to be in the NBA once his son enters the league. "You want to ask me what was the greatest achievement in my life? If I'm on the same court as my son in the NBA," James said during an ABC production meeting for the 2018 NBA Finals.
"That would be No. 1 in my lifetime as an NBA player. ... I've thought about it because my son is about to be 14, and he might be able to get in there a little earlier." "Play together," play-by-play announcer Mike Breen interjected.
"Or play against," James replied. Meanwhile, James is preparing for another tough season as he is aims to win back-to-back NBA titles with the Lakers. James, who signed with the Lakers in the summer of 2019, led the Lakers to their first title since 2010 and the days of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
"Physically, right now I'm sore as hell," James said. "We're [in] Day 2 of training camp. That's been my whole career pretty much, except probably like Year 1 or Year 2, when I was 18 or 19. I'm super sore, but nothing [major].
I don't have anything that's stopping me from being on the floor, doing 5-on-5, doing 4-on-4, doing any drills, things of that nature. So [I'm] good in that sense. "And then mentally, I'm great. I'm healthy.
My family is healthy. I'm great mentally, so I'm in a really good place in my life. I'm solid."