As the Feb. 9 trade deadline draws near, LeBron James has made his stance clear that he wants the Lakers to make a trade and upgrade the roster. Could an actual trade include him?
As of right now, the Los Angeles Lakers are a team that might hover around making the playoffs but not looked at as a team that could do actual damage should they make it.
“I don’t wanna finish my career playing at this level from a team aspect,” said James after the game. “I still want to compete for championships. I know what I can bring to any ball club with the right pieces. I’m a winner and I want to win. And I want to win and give myself a chance to win and still compete for championships,” James said after the game. “That has always been my passion, that has always been my goal since I entered the league as an 18-year-old kid out of Akron, Ohio. And I know it takes steps to get there, but once you get there and know how to get there, playing basketball at this level just to be playing basketball is not in my DNA. It’s not in my DNA anymore. So, we’ll see what happens and see how fresh my mind stays over the next couple years.”
Bill Plaschke of The Los Angeles Times recently dropped his opinion on the matter and he concluded the team should trade the superstar, adding that they would simply be “abiding by his request.”
“His message is clear: Get me help or get me out of here.
The response from Lakers management should be just as clear: See ya.
For once, Lakers management should tell one of their superstars, “No,” and actually do what is best for the Lakers.
Yeah, trade him.
It’s not a new thought. The suggestion has been written in this space numerous times. But his comments have changed the narrative.
It has long been believed the Lakers wouldn’t have the brashness to make such a deal. But now he’s given them a reason. They’re not dumping a legend, they’re simply abiding by his request, which changes the scenario completely.
Seriously, how much longer can they believe that James is still capable of leading a young core into the playoffs? When are they finally going to admit that James is a wasted talent without contributions from Davis, and when are they going to realize Davis might never be a consistent star again?”
At 38, LeBron doesn’t have many prime years left to win a fifth ring.
The four-time champion dropped 47 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 130-121 road win. The talent is still clearly there, but he just needs the pieces to bring it all together.
Friday night was James’ first 40+ point performance since March of last season. It was a masterful performance from LeBron, who showed once again that despite being in his 20th NBA season he can still perform at peak levels when needed.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.