The Dallas Mavericks take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on March 1 for the second of three meetings this season. Luka Doncic always enjoys taking on his idol, but could the two be teammates at some point?
LeBron is not happy with the Lakers right now. They are 27-33 coming into their matchup against the Mavs and sit ninth in the Western Conference. LA is 8.5 games behind the Nuggets for sixth and is destined for the play-in tournament. Their front office did not upgrade their roster at the trade deadline, and James feels like they are wasting one of his prime seasons.
LeBron has not threatened to leave, but he did plenty of talking since the trade deadline. He is under contract with the Lakers for next season, so he would need to force a trade in the offseason to leave LA. That may or may not be on the agenda, but LeBron made one thing clear.
Why LeBron James could join Luka Doncic on the Dallas Mavericks
James told The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd (subscription required) that he will play his last NBA season with his son, Bronny, as his teammate. The teenager is a junior in high school and is not draft-eligible until 2024. LeBron would be turning 40 during his son’s rookie season if he declares when first eligible.
LeBron opened the door for his final season to be for whatever organization drafts his son, but fans can expect that King James will have some say over what team Bronny lands on. Here is a look at why it could be the Dallas Mavericks.