NBA insider reveals Bronny James' role with the Los Angeles Lakers during his rookie season

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After the Los Angeles Lakers selected Bronny James with the 55th pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, much of the discussion revolved around how much nepotism was involved in the decision. Keep in mind that there was nothing stopping the Lakers from simply signing Bronny as an undrafted free agent and using their draft pick on another young player who might not have otherwise signed with the Lakers.

Either way, the Lakers' decision to draft Bronny ensured that they would not lose LeBron James' son to another team during the draft process. However, many still wonder what role Bronny will play as a rookie who may not be quite ready to move to the NBA.

Having played in just 25 games in his college career, the 19-year-old will now be able to compete with the best basketball players in the world. But how many times will Bronny play as a rookie on a Lakers team hoping to win an NBA championship?

According to an NBA insider, the Lakers have a somewhat strange plan with their new rookie. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN states that the Lakers are expected to let Bronny spend the first week of the season in the NBA, where he will have the chance to play alongside LeBron, making history as the first father-son basketball duo in the league.

However, after the first week of the season, Bronny is expected to play the rest of the year in the G-League, where he can play plenty of minutes against other NBA hopefuls. Woj adds that there are “no expectations” that Bronny will be in the Lakers' regular rotation, but will instead spend more time with the South Bay Lakers' development team.

“I think ultimately what you'll probably see is Bronny James on the court with his dad the first week of the season, in a very, I don't want to call it ceremonial, but the eyes of the world will be on that. That will happen the first week of the season, but there are no expectations that Bronny James will be in the Lakers' rotation. He'll spend a lot of time playing with the G-League team that shares a practice facility with the Lakers.”

Adrian Wojnarowski on the Los Angeles Lakers' development plan for Bronny James

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