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Lakers Start Haunt for LeBron's Son as AAU Season Intensifies

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By Brennan Forrest - - 5 Mins Read
LeBron James poses for a photo with his sons Bryce and Baron
LeBron James and his sons Bryce and Baron (Sports Illustrated) |


LeBron James poses for a photo with his sons Bryce and Baron
LeBron James and his sons Bryce and Bronny (Sports Illustrated)



The Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in an intriguing situation about their superstar, LeBron James, and his future with the franchise.


As it stands, LeBron has only one more guaranteed year left on his contract, with a player option for the 2024-2025 season. Recently, there have been indications that he might consider retirement after the Lakers' defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets in the 2023 Western Conference Finals.


LeBron has been open and honest in recent years about his satisfaction with his illustrious career thus far and his desire to play alongside his eldest son, Bronny James.


Bronny, a highly regarded four-star guard, is preparing to embark on his freshman season with the USC Trojans. Should LeBron choose to do so, he could potentially opt out of his contract and join any team that takes a chance on drafting Bronny in the 2024 NBA draft.


However, it appears that the Lakers may have their eyes set on another member of the James family. Due to their lack of control over their first-round pick in the upcoming season, acquiring Bronny would necessitate a trade.


Fortunately for the Lakers, LeBron's younger son, Bryce James, is about to enter his sophomore season at Campbell Hall High School. Standing at an impressive 6'6", Bryce has attracted a significant amount of attention from NBA scouts.


Bryce has been making waves as a member of LeBron James' AAU/EYBL team, 'Strive For Greatness.' His performances in the annual Peach Jam tournament have turned heads and caught the attention of numerous scouts. Both LeBron and Rajon Rondo took time to coach Bryce and the rest of the squad, and the Lakers were reportedly among the teams in attendance at his recent games.


According to reports from Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports (via Bleacher Report), scouts from various teams, including the Lakers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, and Atlanta Hawks, made it a priority to watch Bryce at the Nike Peach Jam tournament in South Carolina.


Bryce James playing basketball
Bryce James wowing with great moves (BallisLife)


Bryce still has three seasons of high school basketball ahead of him, along with at least one season in college or elsewhere before he becomes eligible for the NBA draft. Despite this, there is already significant excitement surrounding his development and potential.


The Los Angeles Lakers face an intriguing situation regarding LeBron James' contract and future with the franchise. With only one more guaranteed year left on his current deal, LeBron has hinted at the possibility of retirement after the team's playoff exit.


His desire to play alongside his eldest son, Bronny James, has been well-documented. However, the Lakers may also have their sights set on LeBron's younger son, Bryce James, who has been impressive as a high school player and attracting attention from NBA scouts.


There is much excitement surrounding Bryce's future in basketball, thanks to his impressive performances on LeBron's AAU team and at prestigious tournaments like the Peach Jam.


While the Lakers must consider LeBron's contract status and potential retirement, they may also be exploring options for securing Bryce's talents, whether through the draft or other avenues.