Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
LeBron James: ‘My Last Year Will Be Played With Bronny’
By ADAM ZAGORIA
LeBron James has a message for all 30 teams in the NBA: whoever wants him for his final season needs to draft his son Bronny in 2024.
“My last year will be played with my son,” James told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic at the NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”
Bronny is a 6-foot-3 junior guard at Sierra Canyon outside Los Angeles. He turns 19 in 2023 but would not be eligible for the NBA Draft until 2024 under current rules. One mock draft currently has him as a late first-round pick. The NBA would need to abandon its current one-and-done rule and allow players to go straight from the preps to the pros by 2023 in order for Bronny to enter the draft that year. LeBron went straight from high school to the NBA in 2003 and was the No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron, 37, has one more year on his contract with the Lakers at $44.5 million in 2022-23 and would then be a free agent. He would have one year to play with a team before somebody could draft Bronny. LeBron will turn 40 during the 2024-25 season, his record-tying 22nd in the NBA.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.