Lakers star LeBron James hasn’t come right out and said he believes the front office should be shopping its 2027 and 2029 first-round picks in an effort to upgrade the roster via trade. However, he hinted shortly after Christmas that he’d welcome that approach and reiterated that point in stronger terms to Sam Amick of The Athletic following Saturday’s win over Sacramento, despite still not saying it outright.
When he spoke to Amick following his postgame press conference, James repeatedly stated that his job is to play the games and let the front office handle roster moves, suggesting that he’ll leave any trade suggestions up to the media.
“If you guys know, then you guys know,” James replied when Amick asked whether it makes sense for the Lakers to stand pat until the offseason when the four-time MVP is playing at such a high level at age 38. “You guys know. I don’t need to talk about it. You guys know.”
Pressed on whether he needs to say anything publicly or privately to the Lakers’ top executives to encourage them to act, James added, “Listen, you guys know. It’s not rocket science. It’s not rocket science.”
Before parting ways with Amick, James added, “Y’all know what the f–k should be happening. I don’t need to talk.”
As we’ve discussed ad nauseam in recent months, there seemed to be an understanding after James signed a contract extension in August that the Lakers would be more aggressive in their efforts to improve this year’s roster. But multiple reports have indicated that head of basketball operations Rob Pelinka and the organization’s top decision-makers have been unwilling to part with those 2027 and 2029 first-rounders unless there’s a move that significantly improves the team’s title chances.
When Anthony Davis went down with a foot injury last month, the odds of the Lakers making a major move seemingly dropped. However, the team has gone 7-5 since Davis’ injury and is actually closer to a play-in spot than it was when the big man went down.
Given the level James and Davis have played at this season and the contributions the Lakers are getting from some of their role players, including Thomas Bryant, Dennis Schröder, Austin Reaves, Lonnie Walker, and sixth man Russell Westbrook, the club may be able to talk itself into the possibility of contending — especially if Davis returns sometime this month. After all, none of the Western Conference’s top teams have pulled away and established themselves as clear frontrunners to make the NBA Finals.
Still, finding a suitable trade won’t be easy. Westbrook ($47M), Patrick Beverley ($13M), and Kendrick Nunn ($5.25M) are the only logical trade chips earning more than the minimum on the Lakers’ roster and none are considered positive assets. That means it might be a challenge for L.A. to get an impact player in return for any of those vets even if the team becomes more willing to give up a future first-rounder or two.
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