LOS ANGELES — LeBron James cast doubt about his future in the NBA on Monday night after he and the Lakers were swept from the Western Conference finals by the Denver Nuggets. As he ended his postgame interview with the reporters, LeBron James made several cryptic statements about what he might do next.
A Bleacher Report story claims that James is thinking about retiring. The story by veteran reporter Chris Haynes cites unnamed league insiders to indicate that James will not rush his decision on whether or not he plays his 21st NBA season in 2023-24. James, 38, has two years and $97 million left on his contract.
The final year of his deal with the Lakers is a player’s option.
At first, James didn’t wish to reflect on the season, after the Lakers dropped Game 4 to the Nuggets, 113-111, but then he did so, anyway. The four-time league MVP and four-time NBA champion didn’t mention retirement during his postgame press conference, so you had to read between the lines of his closing statements.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I love to play the game. I love competing. I love to compete for my guys, teammates, or whomever I am with that particular year. I thought it was very special that a new coach ,… was involved.