Lakers set to hold talk with James on future

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Los Angeles Lakers are hopeful LeBron James staying at the club after he questioned his future following their playoff exit against the Denver Nuggets.

Lakers player LeBron James admitted he was unsure about his future with the club and explained he had “a lot to think about” having been swept in a pre-NBA Finals playoff series for the first time in his career.

The 38-year-old has endured injury setbacks in recent seasons, though there has been little to suggest the four-time NBA champion is no longer able to compete with the league’s elite.

In fact, it might be argued his role in guiding the Lakers to the Conference Finals at the age of 38 having been staring at the prospect of a losing record earlier in the year has only furthered his claim to all-time greatness.

“Coach and I will speak to LeBron in the coming days,” said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.

“We all know that he speaks for himself and we’ll look forward to those conversations when the time is right.

“I will say that LeBron has given as much to the game of basketball as anybody who has ever played. When you do that you earn the right to decide whether you’re going to give more.

“Obviously our hope would be that his career continues but we want to give him the time to have that reflection point and support him along the way and everything he does.”

James is under contract for $46.9m next season with the Lakers as well as having a player option of $50.4m the following season.


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