LeBron James is a fan favorite NBA star, who plays for Los Angeles Lakers. The franchise certainly knows the value of this rare gem and it is implied in the recent contract extension of James. The number next to his name is quite surprising, as it surpasses the contract value of Kevin Durant, who had the highest digit till the date.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement on a two-year, $97.1 million contract deal that will last through the 2024–25 season, his agent revealed on Wednesday. The league-maximum contract makes James the highest-paid player in NBA history, according to Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul.
On the other side, Kevin Durant transferred from the Golden State Warriors to the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade deal. He was traded to Brooklyn in exchange for D’Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier, and Treveon Graham, and he signed a four-year, $164.2 million contract. He agreed to a four-year, $194.2 million contract extension during the 2021 summer, and it will continue to apply during the 2022–2023 NBA season. He used to be the highest paid NBA player before James recent contract kicked in.
The 37-year-old James’ last deal with the Lakers, who signed the four-time NBA MVP and four-time league champion in July 2018, is approaching its final year. The 18-time All-Star will receive $46.7 million this season, thanks to the new contract.
Many fans and admirers are against the contract extension. His former teammate, Richard Jefferson, for instance.
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