Did the Lakers actually almost trade LeBron James? Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher wrote about that chance in an article called, “What could the Lakers get for LeBron?”
According to Bucher:
“The subject of moving James was contemplated by the Lakers, a team source said, weeks before (ESPN broadcaster Jeff) Van Gundy aired it.”
According to Bucher, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss was so upset over rumors about what the team might trade for Anthony Davis, that she thought about trading James.
“James’ agent, Rich Paul, was widely accused of spreading those rumors because Davis is also one of his clients.
Paul denied to B/R that he leaked the Lakers’ interest in Davis, but Buss suspected otherwise and was furious. The idea of terminating the franchise’s relationship with Paul by moving James at least crossed Buss’ mind, the team source said, and Paul was made aware of that,” Bucher wrote.
The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly considered moving LeBron James before the deadline, per @RicBucher
Jeanie Buss was ‘furious’ at Klutch Sports for leaking the Lakers interest in Anthony Davis and considered terminating her relationship with Rich Paul and LeBron James.
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) March 14, 2019
James opted out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer and signed a four-year, $154 million deal with Los Angeles.
Last week, he moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list.
The Lakers are all in on LeBron. They may have thought about it, but we know it would never happen.
At least not this soon.
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