LeBron James’ NBA prospect son Bronny could be in for a shock move to Australia and the NBL in 2023.
Bronny is currently a senior in high school and is expected to declare for the 2024 NBA draft, however, that leaves his 2023 destination up for speculation.
NBA eligibility rules dictate that Bronny would have to play one season more before he is eligible to be drafted.
According to The Athletic, that means LeBron James and his eldest son are tossing up a few options for his season after high school.
Bronny will likely be choosing between a season in college, the G League Ignite, or potentially a season in Australia’s NBL.
An exciting prospect for Australian fans to see the 6’3 point guard in action, and get a taste of what is to come from the son of one of the greatest of all time.
It could all be part of a master plan from LeBron who has made it clear that he wants to play a season with his son before heading off into the basketball sunset.
LeBron made the admission to The Athletic earlier this year, saying: “My last year will be played with my son.
“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.”
With LeBron’s contract with the LA Lakers expiring after next season, it’ll likely mean that LeBron will have to toss up an extension with the Los Angeles team or playing with his son.
The prospect of having the father-son pairing on the roster would be enough to have most NBA sides putting Bronny at the top of their draft list.
Before we get there, however, Australia could prove to be a promising development ground for Bronny and an opportunity to strut his stuff before a season with his dad.
The likes of LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey have proven that Australia can be the perfect platform for the NBA.
Ball joined the Illawarra Hawks back in 2019 as part of the NBL Next Stars program which aims to develop NBA draft prospects.
After a season in Australia Ball entered the 2020 NBA draft with his stock having risen drastically because of his success in the NBL where he was named ‘Rookie of the Year’.
Given the success of Ball, there’s no doubt NBL sides will be clamouring to get Bronny on their roster.
Sydney Kings owner Paul Smith has already begun positioning his side as the go-to destination for LeBron and his son.
He told the Sydney Morning Herald in March: “There’s only one city that’s big enough for LeBron and Bronny, and that’s Sydney.
“We’d fill 18,000 seats every week.”
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