Bronny James declares for 2024 NBA Draft, enters transfer portal

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Bronny James, the son of NBA superstar LeBron James, will enter the 2024 NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility, he announced in a post on Instagram on Friday. The 19-year-old guard, who played his freshman season at USC, will also enter the transfer portal for flexibility as he works out for NBA teams before making a final decision based on teams’ evaluations.

Sources close to Bronny said the draft is Bronny’s priority if he and Klutch Sports Group CEO Rich Paul feel comfortable with his situation.

Bronny’s decision to pursue the draft and transfer portal simultaneously ended a season at USC that began with a serious health crisis and ended with his remarkable return to the court in a bench role. During a team workout in July, Bronny collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest, an event a James family spokesperson later said was caused by a congenital heart defect.

Four months later, doctors cleared him to return to practice. He made his collegiate debut on December 10 in an overtime loss to Long Beach State and scored four points in 16 minutes. Bronny appeared in USC’s final 25 games, starting six of them, and averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 19.3 minutes.

“I’ve had some ups and downs this year, but they’ve all contributed to my growth as a man, student and athlete,” Bronny wrote in his announcement Friday.

Bronny, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard, was not involved. athleticThe most recent mock draft was in mid-March.

Questions arose about Bronny’s future when Andy Enfield, his coach at USC, left on Monday for the head-coaching vacancy at SMU. On Tuesday, LeBron said Bronny had “some tough decisions to make.”

When asked about Brony and the transfer portal after the Lakers’ win over the Raptors in Toronto, LeBron said, “At the end of the day, Brony is his own man.”

“He has some tough decisions to make, and when he’s ready to make those decisions, he’ll let us all know. But as his family, we will support whatever he does.

LeBron, 39, has repeatedly expressed his desire to play in the NBA with his son before his Hall of Fame career ends.

“My last year will be played with my son,” James said. athletic In February 2022. “Wherever Bronny is, I’ll be there. I would do anything to play with my son for a year. At that point it’s not about the money.”

The elder James has a $51.4 million player option with the Lakers for next season, which he can decline this offseason to become a free agent. On Sunday, he discussed his future, saying that he doesn’t know when he will retire but that it is going to be soon.

When James was asked how long he planned to continue playing in the NBA, he said, “Not for very long.” “Not too long. I’m obviously on the other side of the hill. I won’t be playing for the next 21 years, that’s for sure. But not too long. I don’t know when that door will close and when I’ll retire. But I have There is not much time left.”

This story will be updated.

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