Relax, Los Angeles Lakers fans. LeBron James did NOT request a trade from the organization.
On Wednesday, Twitter launched its $7.99 subscription service that allows users to use a blue check mark. As you would’ve guessed, it didn’t take long for several people to use the new feature for the sake of creating a fake account.
Someone created fake Twitter account of James, using the handle @KINGJamez. The tweet states that James has requested a trade from the Purple and Gold, using the hashtag #ImComingHome.
James wasn’t the only well-known athlete that someone impersonated on Twitter following the new launching of the new Twitter feature.
Another person pretended to be former New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman, currently a free agent, and claimed that he signed a new three-year deal with the team. You can see screenshots of both tweets below.
Back in August, James signed a two-year contract extension with the Lakers worth $97.1 million. The soon-to-be 38-year-old is in his fifth season with the Lakers, who are in the midst of a nightmarish 2022-23 season.
Wednesday’s loss to the rival Los Angeles Clippers dropped James and the Lakers to 2-9 on the season. Though James hasn’t actually requested a trade, it’s easy to wonder if he’ll actually want to finish out his remaining prime years on a non-playoff team.
James has never formally requested a trade in his career. When it has come to switching teams, he simply did it via free agency — with the Miami Heat in 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and the Lakers in 2018.
The 18-time All-Star and four-time NBA Champion has stated that he plans to spend his final season with his son, Bronny James. The younger James, one of the top basketball prospects in the nation, attends Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles.
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