LeBron James has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with the LA Lakers worth a staggering $85 million [£63million], according to reports.
James, 35, became a four-time NBA champion last season when the Lakers claimed victory over the Miami Heat with a decisive win in Game 6.
The basketball icon, who also became a four-time NBA Finals MVP, last year, is heading into his third season in LA having previously claimed titles with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami.
And according to the LA Times, James has agreed a new two-year contract extension worth £63million with Frank Vogel’s team.
The forward averaged 25.3 points in the regular season, as well as a league-high 10.2 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game.
He also produced the second most amount of triple-doubles with 13 and averaged a career-low 34.6 minutes across his 67 appearances.
The American superstar is confident Lakers can successfully defend their NBA championship, saying on the ‘Road Trippin’ podcast: “We can. I mean, it’s that simple.
“We absolutely can. First of all, it all starts with health. You have to have some luck. You have to have health. If we can stay healthy.”
James believes some of Lakers’ offseason acquisitions will help inspire them to another championship, adding: “We did get younger. We have a 27-year-old point guard [in Dennis Schroder].
“We got the 27-year-old Sixth Man of the Year award [winner] in [Montrezl Harrell]. We got younger.
“We got Marc [Gasol], who is a Defensive Player of the Year and his IQ, not only playing against him in the NBA, but also playing against him versus Spain with the national team.” James’ latest contract extension will take him past his 38th birthday in 2023.