LeBron James trade was contemplated by Lakers owner Jeanie Buss

15 March, 2019, 05:12 | Author: Isabel Grant
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But for the first time we are hearing about how the anxieties of that time extended to the highest level of the Lakers organization.

There's no doubt that the very public pursuit of Davis hurt their chances in the end, and could do so moving forward, but trading LeBron James doesn't seem to be a productive way of turning the franchise around. He continues to be kept out of action by an ankle injury and the word out right now is that he may be ruled out for the remainder of the season.

With the Lakers' season fading as they fall further out of playoff contention, the organization will play it safe with its young players. I'm just happy that I'm going to be healthy. Through December, the Lakers maintained the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

In Bucher's piece, however, his source told him the idea was on Buss' mind weeks before Van Gundy said the team should explore the move while broadcasting a Celtics-Lakers game.

"He's pretty upbeat under the circumstances, obviously", James said of the former No. 2 overall draft pick. Bosh had to retire because of blood clotting issues. He remembers the initial days around Bosh's diagnosis as "uncertainty". "What's next? There's a lot of things that go through your head", James added.

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Let's take a step back.

Despite the Lakers' disappointing season, James has maintained his excellent output this season and has posted averages of 27.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game in 49 outings.

James' first year in LA has not gone to plan as the Lakers have struggled for consistency and the 34-year-old has struggled with injury. Ball hasn't played since January 19, and the Lakers announced after Saturday's game that Ball will miss at least two more weeks before another evaluation by their medical staff. Could the Lakers have traded James?

Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers' second-leading scorer with 18.8 points per game, also has missed two games with a sprained ankle.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on from the bench after he was hurt against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California.

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