LeBron James agrees to history-making $97.1m contract extension with Lakers

LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1m contract extension with a third-year player option that will most likely keep the Lakers star in Los Angeles for as long as he chooses.

ESPN was first to report the deal, citing Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, who represents James.

The extension will make the 37-year-old James the highest-earning player in NBA history, with $532m in guaranteed earnings over the course of his career, eclipsing Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant.

The deal puts to rest concerns that James, a four-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star entering the final year of his contract (worth $44.5m), would test the free-agency waters next summer.

James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who turns 38 in December, is limited to signing a two-year extension because he will be 38 or older when his current deal expires, a rule in the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Among the countless storylines entering the season is James, and his pursuit of more history.

If he…

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