LeBron James told he's 'f*****' after making LA Lakers contract decision

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LeBron James has been slammed for signing a new deal
LeBron James has been slammed for signing a new deal

It's not often that LeBron James is questioned, but the NBA great has been scrutinised for pledging his future to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite being 38, James is still at the height of his powers, dropping a 47-point game the day after his latest birthday on December 31. The Lakers have turned around their form once again after another performance dip, but they still don't look like a side that's ready to challenge for an NBA championship.

The Lakers won the championship in 2020, but they could be waiting a while to win another, time that James simply does not have. But the NBA great has tied himself down with an extension regardless, something that has been criticised by analyst Bill Simmons.

James agreed a deal to become the highest paid player in NBA history, as he signed a two-year $97.1million (£80.8m) extension that would see him stay with the Lakers through the 2024/25 season. The offer was of course very financially appealing, but with James now a billionaire, his motives have been questioned.

One of the all-time greats is keen to win another championship before retiring, and is certainly still playing at the level to do so. But the Lakers aren't, and Simmons believes he may have shot himself in the foot by not keeping his options open.

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Simmons ranted on his podcast, as he said: "Here's the part I don't understand, nobody has been able to explain this to me - why did LeBron sign the extension? Why? What was he thinking?

"What was the point in that? Why not keep your options open? We already know LeBron is, like, a billionaire, we already know he loves to bet on himself and take things year to year... why sign an extension and make it impossible for the team to trade you if something goes wrong?

LeBron James told he's 'f*****' after making LA Lakers contract decisionJames is facing a race against time to win another championship

"Do you realise how much more fun this season would be if LeBron was tradeable right now? How many teams would we be sending him to? How many times we'd be on the trade machine trying to make trades for him.

"It's such a bummer, and I don't understand why he, a genius and one of the smartest NBA players we have, didn't look at this from a big picture standpoint and say "wow, Davis gets hurt a lot, if Davis gets hurt this year I'm f*****." But nope, he signs it."

The Lakers are currently 17-21 for the season, sitting at the wrong end of the Western Conference. Their season is not over, but it would take a huge effort to get back into the play-off conversation, and at least be contenders.

James clearly loves it at the Lakers, and inspiring another championship win there would mean more to him than doing so with another team. Time will tell whether he has made the right call.

Joseph McBride

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