LeBron James Won’t Leave the Lakers to Play Alongside His Son With Another NBA Team

LeBron James at the
LeBron James at the "Hustle" film premiere in June 2022. Photo by MediaPunch/Shutterstock (12969126ar)

On a number of different occasions in the past, the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar LeBron James stated that one of his career goals is to play alongside his son Bronny James in the NBA. However, it appears James’ thinking changed recently.

Bronny entered his name in the 2024 NBA Draft after one season of college basketball with USC. While Bronny isn’t considered a top prospect at the moment, a lot of teams would reportedly think about drafting him if that means James will follow. But according to The Athletic’s NBA Insider Shams Charania, he won’t.

During a recent appearance on the Up & Adams show, Charania discussed the possibility of James leaving the Lakers to team up with Bronny.

“It would not surprise me in the coming weeks, if a team does reach out to Rich Paul or anyone who’s around Bronny James, or anyone who has any idea, or LeBron James himself and says, ‘Hey, if we draft Bronny James, would you come as well?’ And the answer to that is no, as of right now,” Charania said.

Bronny was limited to just 25 games with USC due to a cardiac arrest he suffered during a workout. He averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

If there is not a team willing to take a chance on Bronny, he might end up playing with his dad after all. The Lakers hold the 55th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft and could well use it on Bronny to keep James happy.

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