Where LeBron James will play his final season of professional basketball has been the subject of numerous rumors. He has made it plain that whatsoever team his son Bronny chooses to play for in the future, he will play alongside him. Bronny appears to be eligible for the NBA Draft in 2024.
James’ deal with the Los Angeles Lakers is guaranteed through 2024, so he is committed to the team for at least the next two seasons. However, what happens after that is up in the air. James has a player option for the 2024–2025 season, which he will very certainly refuse in order to become a free agent and choose his next team.
Teams will be rushing to raise money for the draft in an effort to select Bronny and consequently land LeBron. It is difficult to think of a team in the league that wouldn’t be interested in signing him.
Which team might he ultimately join? According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Dallas Mavericks are a group to pay close attention to.
Windhorst recently spoke about the potential for James and Luka Doncic to link up in Dallas on Bill Simmons’ podcast.
Simmons said that Texas has no state tax, which is tempting to athletes in addition to what Windhorst had said. Dallas currently has the first overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, but should their 2023 first-round pick not materialize because it is top-10 protected, it might be traded to the New York Knicks.
It’s also never a bad idea to join forces with one of the top NBA rookies. There aren’t many better players James could team up with than Doncic, a consistent MVP candidate if he wants to end his career on a high note while still fighting for championships.