Bronny James Joins Lakers, Earning More Than Last Year's Pick No. 55

Photo: Instagram/Bronny James

LeBron James is returning to the NBA for a record-tying 22nd season, where he could play alongside his son, Bronny James, on the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron agreed to a two-year contract with the Lakers, a source told the AP. The second year is optional, meaning LeBron could become a free agent next summer.

LeBron's deal is reportedly worth around $74 million, bringing his career earnings close to $790 million. This announcement comes shortly after Bronny signed a four-year deal with the Lakers worth $11.7 million, with $1.78 million for his first year.

Bronny's contract is significantly more than Isaiah Wong's deal last year. Wong, the No. 55 pick in 2023, signed a two-way contract with the Pacers worth $833,627, partially guaranteed only if he made the regular-season roster. Unlike Wong, Bronny's contract is fully guaranteed.

Photo: Instagram/Bronny James

Lakers coach JJ Redick praised Bronny's hard work, saying he has great potential. However, radio personality Chris "Mad Dog" Russo argued Bronny was drafted because of his famous dad, not his performance at USC. Despite criticism, Bronny aims to prove himself and handle the pressure of being LeBron's son.

Bronny's NBA journey began after a cardiac arrest in the offseason, but he still impressed at the NBA combine. While some scouts were skeptical, LeBron's incredible career and the chance to make history by playing with his son might have influenced the Lakers' decision. Bronny is determined to carve out his own path, regardless of his father's legacy.

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Source: Nine

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