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Source Bronny James signs 4-year, $7.9M deal with Lakers ESPN

Source Bronny James signs 4year 79M deal with Lakers ESPN
The Lakers have signed Bronny James to his rookie contract, which will pay him $7.9 million over four years, a league source told ESPN.
  • Dave McMenamin, ESPN Staff WriterJul 3, 2024, 11:54 AM ET

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LOS ANGELES -- Bronny James signed a four-year, $7.9 million contract with the Lakers on Wednesday, a league source told ESPN, reaching his rookie deal on the same day LeBron James agreed to an extension with the team and ensured the first father-son duo in NBA history will play for the purple and gold next season.

Bronny James' contract begins at $1,157,143 in 2024-25 and progresses to $1,955,377 the following year, $2,296,271 in 2026-27 and $2,486,955 for a team option in 2027-28, sources told ESPN.

The Lakers announced Wednesday that they had signed Bronny James and Dalton Knecht, the No. 17 pick in this year's draft, without disclosing terms.

James averaged 4.8 points on 36.6% shooting (26.7% from 3), 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 19.3 minutes at USC after undergoing a heart procedure last summer. He said the nearly five-month layoff because of the medical issue affected his development.

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Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka praised James' mindset and potential as a point-of-attack defender, and new Lakers coach JJ Redick said James, whom Los Angeles selected with the No. 55 pick last week, will be a top priority with the team's revamped player development program.

"We view Bronny as [a] Case Study One because [of] his base level of feel, athleticism, point-of-attack defender, shooting, passing," Redick said. "There's a lot to like about his game, and as we build out our player development program holistically, he's going to have a great opportunity to become an excellent NBA player."

James and Knecht will make their summer league debuts Saturday in San Francisco against the Sacramento Kings in the California Classic.

The Lakers' roster now stands at 15, the maximum number of players an NBA team can carry.

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