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LeBron James interview raises questions about Los Angeles Lakers future, Bronny James, next move, Jeanie Buss, latest, updates

The Lakers and LeBron James probably disagree about the team’s future.

On Wednesday (AEST), an interview with team owner Jenny Buss made it clear she has a long-term future with James. Meanwhile, James said in another interview that he is keeping an eye on other teams’ future first-round picks.

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“His retirement is a priority for the Lakers brand,” Buss told The Athletic as James discussed re-signing with the Lakers to a two-year, $141 million contract extension.

But James, a four-time NBA champion who led the Lakers to a title in the 2020 NBA bubble, told Sports Illustrated that he is “focusing” on playing with his kids if future first-round picks decide to pursue them. His NBA career.

I will definitely be looking at who gets first round picks in 2024, 2025. 2026, 27,” James said

“I pay attention to things like that.”

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James – who has a player option for 2024-25 – left the door wide open when asked about the possibility of playing with his youngest son Bryce, 15.

“I feel like I can play for a while,” he said.

“So it’s all about my body, but most importantly, my mind. If my mind can stay sharp and fresh and motivated, the sky is the limit for me. I can go past that. But we’ll see.”

James announced that he wants to play with his oldest son, Bronny, who is entering his senior year at Sierra Canyon High School and is a top prospect for the class of 2023.

But this is believed to be the first time his younger son has expressed the possibility of putting his playing career on hold until he becomes draft-eligible.

As for Bass, she said she remains “cautiously optimistic” about James re-signing with the Lakers.

“LeBron is a very passionate person, and he wants to put him in a position where he can succeed,” she said.

“And people like me and are. [GM] Rob [Pelinka] And to put our front office in those positions.

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“He felt what he heard. [in an emergency meeting in February following rumblings of a Cleveland reunion] It was what he wanted to hear and it gave him the confidence to go forward and I couldn’t be happier to see that we want to win as much as he does and there are going to be a lot of great things with him. A laker. Regardless of our personal discussions, he showed his confidence in us by signing that extension.

Bass added that after last season’s 33-49 Lakers failure to make the playoffs was a “huge disappointment.”

The team’s current plans include the acquisition of star defenseman Patrick Beverley, who the Lakers acquired last week. But that move raised questions about where point guard Russell Westbrook would fit on the roster — a separate report by The Athletic said Beverly’s arrival was an indication that Westbrook would be off the active roster.

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“Pat Beverley brought in here to play defense, to be a guy who knows how to push his teammates. [who] He sets an example of how he goes about his work,” Buss said.

“On the day of the trade, he was here after hours. I got a chance to say hi to him when I left for the day. He just brings what we value, that coach. [Darvin] Cam has value and will be a leader in the locker room.

“So it has nothing to do with Russ. And like I said, I think people like to stretch stories and make something up and that’s not the case.

Bass also said it’s all about “personnel management” on the Lakers’ roster.

“And Coach Hamm has no fear when it comes to things like that.”

This article originally appeared in The New York Post and is reposted with permission

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