New details on contract talks between LeBron James and Los Angeles

Last week’s meeting between LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers apparently wasn’t just about contract negotiations. Rather than discussing the Lakers’ future strategy, head coach Darwin Hamm also explained his plans for the Lakers’ new offense.

This comes from a report by Chris Haynes (Yahoo Sports:) out. Last week, the media heard of a “productive” meeting between LeBron, who is allowed to negotiate an early contract extension in Los Angeles, between his agent Rich Paul, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka and Lakers coach Ham.

According to Hynes, however, the majority of the hour-long meeting was less about the 37-year-old’s new paperwork and more about the strategic direction of the franchise to avoid a disappointment like last season in the future. James made Lakers officials understand the importance of cohesion and competitiveness. He missed both last season.

But his goal is still clear: to win the championship. That’s why Hamm is said to have stressed that the team must be held accountable and that they want to create an “atmosphere of self-sacrifice”. Therefore, the new man on the wings explained that the Lakers’ defensive intensity needs to increase.

On the other side of the court, the offense appears to be running more through Anthony Davis. The team is “thrilled” with the big man’s progress this season after playing just 40 games last season due to injury. Officials are optimistic that AD will be able to carry more of the load next season. At the same time, Hamm hopes to improve Russell Westbrook’s three-point quota.

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Meanwhile, Pelinka is said to have asked for patience with the Lakers’ future team moves. Los Angeles has been repeatedly linked to Kyrie Irving in recent weeks amid speculation about a Westbrook trade and interest in Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. However, Pelinka is said to be unwilling to offer the Lakers’ first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 in trade talks.

At the same time, Pelinka made it clear to his superstar that he hopes James will finish his career with the Lakers jersey. He would use “every resource possible” to make LeBron a title contender. However, LeBron is unlikely to stay in Los Angeles until the end of his career as he wants to play with his son, who could be drafted in 2024. For now, he can extend his contract, which expires in 2023, for a maximum of two years and $97.1 million.

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