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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Why 'furious' Lakers owner considered trading LeBron


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He has never been the subject of trade talks in his established NBA career, but LeBron James came the closest he has ever been to being traded this season.

As James' nightmare first season in Hollywood draws to a close, a report from NBA insider Ric Bucher has revealed how Lakers owner Jeanie Buss was "furious" with the four-time MVP and considered trading him at February's trade deadline.

The talk of potentially trading the four-time MVP became a topic after it was mentioned on air by ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy, but according to Bucher, it was not the first time such an idea had been floated.

"When rumors engulfed the team at the February trade deadline that it was willing to trade anyone other than James to acquire All-Star forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, James' agent, Rich Paul, was widely accused of spreading those rumors because Davis is also one of his clients," Bucher wrote.

LeBron James

"Paul denied to (Bleacher Report) 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.

"That prompted Paul to reach out to Buss to clear the air, and whatever ill will existed supposedly dissipated.

"At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference a few weeks later, Buss blamed the media for making the rumors public."

Anthony Davis

The Lakers do have the option of trading James as he does not have a No Trade Clause in his current four-year deal he signed last July.

James has had the clause in his contract at his last few stops, a move which has left teams with little option but to watch him walk out the door for nothing as a free-agent.

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.

With the Lakers all but out of the running for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, their eyes will now turn to the NBA Draft Lottery in May.`

He has never been the subject of trade talks in his established NBA career, but LeBron James came the closest he has ever been to being traded this season.

As James' nightmare first season in Hollywood draws to a close, a report from NBA insider Ric Bucher has revealed how Lakers owner Jeanie Buss was "furious" with the four-time MVP and considered trading him at February's trade deadline.

The talk of potentially trading the four-time MVP became a topic after it was mentioned on air by ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy, but according to Bucher, it was not the first time such an idea had been floated.

"When rumors engulfed the team at the February trade deadline that it was willing to trade anyone other than James to acquire All-Star forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, James' agent, Rich Paul, was widely accused of spreading those rumors because Davis is also one of his clients," Bucher wrote.

LeBron James

"Paul denied to (Bleacher Report) 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.

"That prompted Paul to reach out to Buss to clear the air, and whatever ill will existed supposedly dissipated.

"At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference a few weeks later, Buss blamed the media for making the rumors public."

Anthony Davis

The Lakers do have the option of trading James as he does not have a No Trade Clause in his current four-year deal he signed last July.

James has had the clause in his contract at his last few stops, a move which has left teams with little option but to watch him walk out the door for nothing as a free-agent.

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.

With the Lakers all but out of the running for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, their eyes will now turn to the NBA Draft Lottery in May.`

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