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

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LeBron James says he shouldn’t be asked about Los Angeles Lakerspotential trade plans. After the team won Washington Wizards On December 18, James said those inquiries should be directed to general manager Rob Pelinka.

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“Not a question to me,” James said. “I have no idea. When I’m playing, I get ready and go to work and get my buddies ready to go win a basketball game. I’m playing the game, not in the front office, so we’ll see.” But I focus on the game and trying to win basketball games, especially when I’m on the floor. “

“Go ask [GM] rob [Pelinka] those questions.”

Few topics have generated as many headlines and TV/Radio/Podcast talks as The Lakers Options Trade. All initial discussions focused on Russell Westbrook, but he has played well enough off the bench in recent weeks that it seems unlikely he will be moved. Whether or not Westbrook is included, any move the Lakers make for a major promotion would have to include one or both of their widely coveted first-round picks in 2027 and 2029.

Whether the Lakers would actually move these picks was the million dollar question. A pre-season report from Mark Stein noted James was promised that the team would use the draft assets to improve the roster, while Pelinka said during a media day that the Lakers would be willing to trade her, But only for the “correct” trade..

But up to this point, nothing has happened. This is due in large part to the Lakers’ embarrassing 2-10 start to the season, which left them bottom of the league standings. At that point, it didn’t make much sense to move the footage. The 11-7 mark has since reignited trade talks, but before anything hit the ground running, Anthony Davis got hurt and now will be. Out for a month with a foot injury.

Davis, who was playing some of the best basketball of his career before the injury, had carried the Lakers at times this season; Their net rating with him on the ground is 2.7 points per 100 possessions, dropping to -6.6 when he’s not there. His upcoming absence and the fact that he was more injury prone puts the Lakers in a tough spot. It would be one thing to trade those picks and increase the James-AD window if they could ensure they were healthy. But there is a real risk that they could trade shots, that Davis would get hurt again and that both his present and his future would be lost.

Although James, who will turn 38 on December 30, says he doesn’t want to address the dilemma, He made it clear how he feels through other methods. A report from Bleacher Report stated that James “doesn’t want to miss a season of his high-profile playing days.” During a special episode of “The Shop,” back in November, James was discussing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and said, “If you had a super franchise player like Aaron Rodgers…the picks, to maximize what he can do?” This statement is definitely a reference to the Lakers.

The trade deadline isn’t until February 9th, so the Lakers still have about two months to go if they want to go all the way. But if in the meantime they struggle without Davis and drop down the pecking order in the West, it may not be worth making a deal once he returns.

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