Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has addressed the growing rumors surrounding LeBron James' alleged retirement from the NBA.
In an interview with Dan Woike, from the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles manager assured that LeBron has been an important piece of the team and that they hope to talk about his future in the coming days.
“LeBron has given as much to basketball as anyone who has ever played. When you do that, you earn the right to decide if you want to give more. We will talk to him in the next few days, ”he expressed.
These statements leave open the intention of the team to keep the forward in their ranks for the next NBA season despite their elimination in the Western Conference final against the Denver Nuggets.
The initiative is due to the fact that LeBron James still has a one-year contract with the Lakers for 47 million dollars. However, he was depressed after failing to advance to the NBA Finals.
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“I have a lot to think about, to be honest. It's not fun for me not being able to be a part of the Finals. We'll see what happens", said 'King James' to ESPN.
Regarding the scheme for next season, Pelinka said that he wants to keep the same team as this year with some additions that allow them to strengthen their ranks and have better results.
“Our intentions are to keep our core of young guys together,” he concluded.