LeBron James says he shouldn’t have been asked about the Lakers’ potential trade plans: “Go and ask Rob these questions”

LeBron James says he shouldn’t be asked about the Los Angeles Lakers’ possible trade plans. After the team beat the Washington Wizards on December 18, James said these questions should be directed to general manager Rob Pelinka.

“It’s not a question for me,” said James. “I have no idea. I show up while I play, I get ready, I go to work, and I get my guys ready to win a basketball game. I play the game, I’m not in the front office, so I’m focused on the game and trying to win basketball games, especially when I’m on the court.”

“Go ask [GM] To peel [Pelinka] those questions.”

Few topics have made headlines and TV/radio/podcast conversations as much as the Lakers’ trade options. Initial discussions have all centered on Russell Westbrook, but he’s played well enough on the bench in recent weeks and it seems unlikely that he will be moved. Whether or not Westbrook is involved, any move by the Lakers for a significant upgrade must include one or both of the widely coveted first-round picks in 2027 and 2029.

Whether the Lakers will actually change those picks has been a million-dollar question. A pre-season report from Marc Stein, While James was promised that the team would use the draft assets to improve the roster, Pelinka said at media day the Lakers would be willing to trade them. but only for the “right” trade.

But up to this point nothing has happened. This is largely due to the Lakers’ embarrassing 2-10 start to the season, which puts them at the bottom of the league standings. At this point, it didn’t make sense to move the pickaxes. A score of 11-7 has since reignited trade talks, but before nothing else improved, Anthony Davis was injured and now will He was out of the field for a month with a leg injury..

Davis, who played some of the best basketball of his career before the injury, has carried the Lakers from time to time this season; His net ratings on the field drop to plus-2.7 points per 100 positions and minus-6.6 when he’s not on the field. His impending absence and more injury-prone puts the Lakers in a difficult position. It would be one thing to trade these estimates and maximize the James-AD window if they could guarantee they would be healthy. But their chosen trade-off risks Davis getting hurt again and ruining both their present and their future.

Although James, who will turn 38 on December 30, says he doesn’t want to resolve the dilemma, clearly expressed how he felt through other means. A report from Bleacher Report stated that James “doesn’t want to waste a season of his senior game days”. In a special episode of “The Shop” in November, James was talking about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, saying: “If you have a transcendent franchise player like Aaron Rodgers… are the choices to maximize what he can do?” That statement definitely looked like a reference to the Lakers.

The deadline for the trade isn’t until February 9, so the Lakers still have about two months if they want to follow suit. But in the meantime, if they struggle without Davis and lose their Western standings, it may not be worth making a deal when he returns.

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