Western Notes: LeBron, R. Paul, Lakers, Jensen

August 4, 2022 at 8:45 PM CST by Alex Kirschenbaum

Suitable for new extension Lakers All-Star Ahead LeBron James and his agent Rich Paul meeting with team chairman Rob Pelinka today at the team’s El Segundo practice facility to discuss their future, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports. In comments to McMenamin, Paul called the conversation “productive.”

The Lakers were now able to give James a two-year, $97.1 MM extension, which would keep the 19-year veteran under contract with Los Angeles until the 2024/25 season. McMenamin adds that James may decide to sign a season extension with a second-year player option. This way LeBron can sign up with any club that signs his son Bronny James when the younger James qualifies for a draw during the 2024 low season.

Here are some other comments from the Western Conference:

  • The Lakers seem reluctant to trade for players with several years left on their contract, according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times. Woik believes the front office will be more prone to acquiring players with longer deals if James chooses to sign an extension, leaving him in LA after 2023.
  • Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen will serve as Team USA’s head coach for the 2022 AmeriCup next month, USA Basketball announced in a press release. Steve WojciechowskiMarquette head coach, and Mike Williamshead coach of the NBAGL affiliate of the Wizards (the Capital City Go-Go), will work as assistants under Jensen. “I am honored to have the opportunity to coach the 2022 USA AmeriCup Team and look forward to working with Mike and Steve, as well as a talented group of players,” Jensen said about his new offseason appearance in the NBA. “I always enjoy my time at USA Basketball and am thrilled to be selected for my first head coach assignment.” Sarah Todd of the Deseret News notes that Jensen was initially hired as an assistant to the former Utah head coach Quin Snyder in 2013, but will remain under new head coach Will Hardy this season.

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