Why LeBron James not signing contract extension, which could be troubling news for the Lakers
Even LeBron James' harshest critics have to admit to a basic fact of his career:
The man has always lived up to his contractual obligations.
In 19 NBA seasons, James never asked for a trade...
...only joining a new team after becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Of course, if he can use the threat of free agency to keep the GM in win-win mode...
he's probably gearing up to use that strategy again.
the request isn't really necessary
As of Thursday, Aug. 4, James, currently only under contract for the 2022-23 season...
...is eligible to re-sign with the Lakers.
The deal, which could be worth $97 million over two years, gives James now guaranteed money (not something he needs) while Los Angeles can continue to build a team around him.