LeBron James is the man in LA. While the 2019 trade for Anthony Davis was executed with the hope that AD can start taking over the duties that LeBron has been carrying for over a decade on different teams. However, Davis’s inconsistency and jumbled roster building has made the load on LeBron even more significant than it used to be.
Despite entering his 20th season in the league, LeBron is still the primary target for the Lakers in terms of ensuring he extends his contract with the team. This is not a decision based on LeBron’s mass appeal but a pure basketball decision, which is worrying.
A franchise can’t put its eggs in the basket of a 37-year-old. It’s a worrying sign for the player as well, which explains why LeBron hasn’t rushed to sign a contract extension with the Lakers. LeBron’s contract is up at the end of next season, but LBJ has refused to engage in extension talks until he sees what the team builds this off-season.