LeBron James has agreed on a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension
Including a player option for the 2024–25 season.
That includes a 15% trade kicker, making James the highest-paid player in NBA history.
Which has guaranteed a $532 million career, surpassing Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant.
James is ineligible for a no-trade clause because he agreed to an extension
But the new contract has a starting salary of $46.7 million, 15% of trade kickers and
James' stature as one of history's greats makes him a taker for as long as he chooses.
James was entering the final season of his contract (worth $44.5 million)
The All-Star joined Anthony Davis with the potential to become a free agent in two seasons.
With the deal, the four-time NBA champion and MVP and 18-time All-Star put an end to this concern.
James is ineligible to trade during the upcoming 2022-23 season as the second year exceeds 5% growth.
The Lakers Could Have North Of $20 Million In Salary-Cap Space In The 2023 Offseason
And the 2024 off-season will have the ability to sign a third maximum contract player.
Player options increase the pay-cap space if players decline them, and still hold on to new deals.