Could Bronny James Head North Of The Border?

Would LeBron James abdicate his throne in Hollywood to take up residency as King James of Canada? According to NBA Insider Shams Charania, the Toronto Raptors are one of the teams scouting James' son Bronny for the upcoming NBA Draft in June. And the Raptors could have three picks in the 2024 Draft. 

LeBron, now 39 and in his 21st NBA season, has always said he wants to play with his son Bronny before he retires.  

The latest draft odds of where the younger James could land currently pegs the Raptors as the 6th favorite, with the Lakers—who don't even own a first-round pick—as the favorites at this point.

  • Los Angeles Lakers:        +750
  • New York Knicks:          +950 
  • Miami Heat:                    +950 
  • Cleveland Cavaliers:    +1100
  • OKC Thunder:             +1400
  • Toronto Raptors:          +1700
  • LA Clippers:                 +1700

The USC freshman is averaging 5.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 20.9 minutes per game thus far, after starting the season slowly following his recovery from a cardiac arrest event in July. 

One Western Conference executive told Ric Bucher of Fox Sports, "(Bronny) is going to be a real solid NBA player. He'll play in the league for 8–10 years. He's not a superstar by any stretch of the imagination. 

"Everybody wants him to be LeBron, and he's never going to be LeBron. But he is a good team guy and he can defend and make shots. He's a decent ballhandler. He's a solid player and a great kid."

The Raptors owe their first pick to the San Antonio Spurs, though it's Top 6 protected. Bronny is certainly not expected to go that high. Toronto also owns Indiana's first-round pick, which should be in the lower part of the first-round, as well as Detroit's second-round pick, which is, in essence, the top pick of the 2nd round. 

It's quite likely, however, that whichever team picks him could be coerced to trade him to the Lakers, as LeBron is seen as unlikely to leave LA.

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