LeBron James inks 2-year, $97.1 million deal with Lakers

By Aashish Verma

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season, according to his agent.

According to Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, the league-maximum contract makes James the highest-paid player in NBA history.

His new contract contains a player option that would keep the Lakers' second-leading scorer through his 40th birthday in December 2024.

Barring an injury, James will likely surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's all-time leading scorer this winter.

James and the Lakers expect to be title contenders if James and Anthony Davis return healthy following an injury-plagued 2021-22 season.

James's new deal and Davis's most recent contract extension with the Lakers are in sync, which means that both players can leave the Lakers or negotiate new deals in 2024.

James doesn't seem to be going anywhere on social media or in public, and he liked that the Lakers hired Darvin Ham as their new coach.