Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ heartbreaking loss to the Denver Nuggets, LeBron James shook the NBA to its very core.
For the first time in over two decades, the veteran forward hinted at the possibility of retiring and walking away from the game he’s dominated for so long.
However, as much buzz as James created with his words, Brian Windhorst of ESPN isn’t buying the retirement talk right now.
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Windhorst made an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show to explain that James has everything setup to play for at least another couple of years, and he still believes that’s exactly what he’s going to do.
He explained that LeBron still has another year in his contract with the Lakers worth $47 million.
He also has a player option for next season worth $50 million, but he could opt out of that year to team up with his elder son, Bronny, who’ll be eligible to make it to the league at the time.
Windhorst says that he understands where James is coming from and how he wanted to control the news cycle with these words, but he says that he’ll always judge an athlete by his actions, not his words.
Of course, everything can happen in this league, and James doesn’t have anything left to prove or even win at this point in his career.
But with his son so close to making it to the league and him still being able to play at an elite level, it’s hard to envision him walking away from that much money.NEXT: Stephen A. Smith Makes His Thoughts Clear About LeBron James Rumors