LeBron James definitely wants to finish the 2019-2020 season out, but it doesn’t look like everybody on his team is on board with that idea.
On Friday night, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving went super viral after he spearheaded a conference call for players to share any concerns they had about the current state of negotiations between their union and the NBA regarding the proposed plan to restart the season.
Not only was Irving not on board with the idea, but neither was veteran center Dwight Howard and he reportedly wasn’t the only member of the Lakers to do so.
Shams Charania of the Athletic published a deeply reported breakdown of what was said on the call, and it included LeBron wanting to finish the season.
“Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Lakers star LeBron James and a group of athletes and entertainers, including Hawks guard Trae Young, are starting a new group called “More Than A Vote” to support voters’ rights. Although multiple Lakers players are part of the movement to sit out as a measure against social injustice, James is not involved in the coalition that wants to sit out games.”
Current Lakers star Kyle Kuzma tweeted “some of us want to hoop and compete” in response to reports of players not wanting to play.
If any Lakers do sit out and the NBA goes forward with the season anyway, their team will be allowed to replace them during an upcoming transaction window:
“According to sources, the players’ union said on a call Monday that “any player who doesn’t want to play, doesn’t have to” with no financial loss, as long as said player has an agreement with his franchise and/or a medical excuse. Sources said commissioner Adam Silver reiterated that sentiment on Thursday’s call with 30 general managers, making it clear that those who do not want to come to the Orlando bubble, do not have to.”