Miami Heat: At The Right Price, Taking Bronny Late Wouldn’t Be A Terrible Idea
LeBron James entered the league at eighteen years old. What has been so fascinating about his career is his longevity and his ability to sustain that ability throughout his career.
Playing With His Son
Now, he has an opportunity to still be in the league when his oldest son is drafted into the NBA. LeBron James Jr. or “Bronny”, is eligible to enter the NBA draft in 2024.
That means King James will have the opportunity to do something that no NBA player has done before—play at the same time as their son. LeBron might not just be stopping there.
Although he has recently walked back on his comments, LeBron has said,
"“My last year will be played with my son,” LeBron told the outlet. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”"
This could just simply be a comment made by James in an attempt to boost his son’s draft stock. Or he could be telling the truth.
Either way, it provides any team with the opportunity to add LeBron James to their team in 2024, as long as they draft Bronny James. This makes things very interesting.
Considering the way LeBron has looked in year 19 of his career, he could still be playing at a high level in 2024. Drafting Bronny in order to sign LeBron could be a masterful strategy for teams that want to contend for a title.
LeBron has made 10 NBA Finals appearances. Other than this season, having him on your team instantly meant that your team is a title contender.
What would happen if the Miami Heat were to draft Bronny and LeBron was telling the truth about wanting to play with his son? LeBron said that money would not matter to him.
In theory, the Heat could keep their roster as constructed while adding James at a discount. Is this something the Heat should consider doing?
It might be too early to tell. When the 2024 NBA draft is closer, Miami can decide if they think LeBron’s comment is a realistic possibility or if they are better off drafting a better prospect.
Will we ever see LeBron in a Miami Heat uniform again? There is still a possibility.
One can hope that the King returns to Miami and helps deliver the city more championships. Either way, Pat Riley will make sure that the Heat remain a competitive and winning culture, regardless.
You can be certain of that.