‘Source Close To LeBron James’ Hints Whether Lakers Superstar Will Retire This Summer

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are out of the playoff picture and the NBA world started speculating the king’s next move. Will LeBron retire this summer? He has to undergo a surgery this summer and this may impact his decision.

Dave McMenamin from ESPN says that LeBron won’t call it career this summer. The four-time NBA champion inked a contract extension last season which gives him a player option for the 2024-25 NBA season.

“Beyond James’ retirement decision — which could be a nonissue, with a source close to James telling ESPN on Thursday that he believes the Lakers star will indeed be back for season No. 21 and fulfill his contract — the biggest question facing the Lakers this offseason is figuring out what to do at point guard,” McMenamin wrote.

LeBron may not retire after all

LeBron is 38, but his game is elite. He can easily play a few more great seasons, but his attitude following the loss to the Nuggets wasn’t really promising.

“We’ll see what happens going forward,” LeBron said after Game 4 of the series against the Nuggets. “I don’t know. I’ve got a lot to think about, to be honest. Just for me personally going forward with the game of basketball, I’ve got a lot to think about.”

McMenamin is not the only one to claim that LeBron will play again. Eric Pincus from Bleacher Report said that the four-time NBA champion will definitely get ready for another great season.

“He’ll suit up next year,” the Western Conference executive told Pincus. “He just changed the conversation. Now we’re not talking about a sweep; we’re talking about LeBron and retirement. He loves to control the narrative.”

LeBron made some pretty telling comments after Game 4. Many interpreted it as an attempt to force the Lakers front office to sign Kyrie Irving. These two had many issues back in the days but they sure want to play together again. Irving and LeBron won a title together and they can definitely win another one again.