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LeBron James says he shouldn’t be asked about potential Lakers trade plans: ‘Go ask Rob those questions’

LeBron James says he shouldn’t be asked about potential Lakers trade plans: ‘Go ask Rob those questions’

LeBron James says that he should not be asked about Los Angeles Lakers“potential trade plans. After the team’s victory over v Washington Wizards On Dec. 18, James said those requests should be directed to general manager Rob Pelink.

“It’s not my question” James said. “I have no idea. When I play, I show up, get ready, go to work and get my guys ready to win a basketball game. I’m playing a game, I’m not in the office, so we’ll see. But I’m focused on the game and for us to win basketball, especially when I’m on the floor.”

“Go ask [GM] to rob [Pelinka] these questions.”

Few topics have generated as much headlines and TV/radio/podcast conversation as the Lakers trade options. Initial discussions focused on Russell Westbrook, but he has played well enough off the bench in recent weeks that he seems unlikely to be moved. Whether Westbrook is included or not, any move by the Lakers to significantly upgrade would have to involve one or both of their widely coveted first-round picks in 2027 and 2029.

The million dollar question was whether the Lakers would make that pick. This is according to Mark Stein’s preseason report James was promised the team would use draft assets to improve the roster, while Pelinka said during media day that the Lakers would be willing to trade them. but only for “correct” trading.

However, until this moment nothing has happened. Much of that has to do with the Lakers’ embarrassing 2-10 start to the season, which has left them at the bottom of the league standings. There was no point in moving the picks at that point. An 11-7 mark has since restarted trade talks, but before anything could get off the ground Anthony Davis was injured and now will be for a month due to a foot injury.

Davis, who was playing some of the best basketball of his career before his injury, has led the Lakers at times this season; their net rating with him on the floor is plus-2.7 points per 100 possessions, and it plummets to minus-6.6 when he’s not. His impending absence and the fact that he has been more injury prone puts the Lakers in a tough spot. It would be one thing to trade those picks and increase James-AD’s window if they could guarantee they would be healthy. But there is a real risk that they could trade picks, hurt Davis again and waste their present and future.

Although James, who turns 38 on December 30, says he doesn’t want to deal with that dilemma, he made it clear how he felt through other avenues. According to Bleacher Report, James “doesn’t want to waste a season of his playing days at a high level.” During a special episode of “The Store” in November, James discussed Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and said, “When you have a tremendous franchise player like Aaron Rodgers … Why don’t you surround him when you have the picks to maximize what he can do?’ That statement definitely seemed like a reference to the Lakers.

The trade deadline is Feb. 9, so the Lakers still have about two months if they want to pursue a prospect. But if they struggle without Davis and fall in the Western standings, it might not be worth making a trade when he returns.





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