Bronny James is headed to the NBA in 2024 but who is most likely to sign the son of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ legend, LeBron James, and is there a bigger game at play here than signing a new talent?

Bronny James, aged 19, stands at 6ft 2in tall and starred as a point/shooting guard for the USC Trojans from 2023/24 and considered as a four-star recruit, the son of the NBA icon is set to enter his father’s sport in the very near future.

Bronny James spotted with the Lakers uniform

It comes around a year on from a dramatic incident at the Galen Center during practice when he collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest, spending three days in hospital, before beginning a five-month recovery period that was marked by his debut with USC on December 10 in an incredible come-back story.

He entered the court to rapturous applause from his college peers. Scouts believe his best assets to be his shooting and defense as excellent qualities, despite being smaller than most of the NBA squad.

In particular, he’s good at shooting off balance and he’s good at quick and accurate shot releases, whilst he is known for his hard work and his ability to anticipate and silence rival point guards.

And he has a key agent in his corner who has no intention of letting him be pushed around to get into the NBA.

“Bronny is the same as my previous clients,” his agent, Rich Paul said. “I got the word out early to teams that if you plan on bringing Bronny in, here’s what you need to know:

“If you won’t give him a real deal, there’s nothing to talk about. It’s hard to get real development on a two-way deal. I don’t care about him going to the Lakers, or Phoenix, or about what number he gets picked. It’s about fit.”

Who is most likely to draft LeBron James’ son?

So, after being declared medically eligible to enter the 2024 NBA Draft in May, he received 10 workout invites from teams, including from the Lakers, where his father currently plays, but who is most likely to pick him up?

At the moment, the Lakers are more likely than anyone else to pick up the youngster as they bid to lock his father down to the final contract of his career by offering him the chance to play with his son, although other teams are on the march.

However, James has distanced himself from this and has told his son to pick where he feels is best for him instead of being used as leverage to capture the four-time NBA champion’s signature.

“The young man will decide what he wants to do and how he wants his career to go,” LeBron James said at the time.

According to FanDuel, here are the latest odds to pick him up as of June 21:

  • Los Angeles Lakers: +100 (bet $10 to win $20 total)
  • Phoenix Suns: +650 (bet $10 to win $75 total)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: +750 (bet $10 to win $85 total)
  • Dallas Mavericks: +750 (bet $10 to win $85 total)
  • Toronto Raptors: +750 (bet $10 to win $85 total)
  • Utah Jazz: +1100 (bet $10 to win $120 total)
  • New York Knicks: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 total)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 total)
  • Philadelphia 76ers: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 total)
  • Miami Heat: +3500 (bet $10 to win $360 total)

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