LeBron James Expected to Return to Lakers: Report

LeBron James is expected to return to the Los Angeles Lakers next season, according to famous NBA insider Marc Stein.

James is in for an intriguing offseason. The Lakers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and fired head coach Darvin Ham shortly after.

James is considering a $51.4 million player option and his future with the team he has called home since the 2018-19 season.

Stein believes James will return to the Lakers, albeit the "structure" remains unclear.

"At this time, all signs point to him staying with the Lakers. "We don't know what the structure will be," Stein remarked on the May 3 edition of his #thisleague UNCUT podcast.

"The real curiosity is what kind of trade the Lakers can make to upgrade their roster."

James can opt in, but he may also sign a new contract. If he opts out, he is eligible for a $162 million, three-year contract extension this summer.

According to The Athletic, Los Angeles appears to be determined to keep James in purple and gold at all costs.

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