Apr 16, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of a play-in game of the 2024 NBA playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James
 has reportedly signed a two-year, $104 million maximum contract to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The deal reportedly includes a no-trade clause and a player option for the 2025-26 season, giving James, 39, control over his future after next season.

CNN has reached out to the Lakers for confirmation and comment.

The deal means the four-time NBA champion and his son Bronny James, who was selected 55th by the Lakers in the 2024 Draft, will become the first father-son duo in league history to play together after James Jr. signed a four-year, $7.9 million contract with the franchise on Wednesday.

James is widely considered to be one of the two greatest NBA players in history – alongside Michael Jordan – and last season, he became the first player to reach 40,000 career points.

James, a four-time NBA MVP, also tops the all-time playoff scoring leaderboard with 8,162 points.

Last season, he also became the first player to be selected for 20 All-Star appearances, surpassing the record he had jointly held with Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


James averaged 25.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 35.3 minutes across 71 games last season as the Lakers finished seventh in the Western Conference and had to beat the New Orleans Pelicans in the Play-In Tournament to reach the Playoffs.

The Lakers were then eliminated in the first round by the Denver Nuggets, losing the series 4-1. (CNN)