A few days ago, Stephen A Smith revealed on television that people close to Los Angeles Lakers majority owner, Jeanie Buss are “imploring her to trade LeBron James.”
That’s nothing new.
There is truth to that notion. Stephen A Smith is not lying. Got a call after the trading deadline that suggested that teams were interested.
I’ll name a team too: Denver Nuggets. https://t.co/cfP2DM7CfF
— Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson 📍 (@ScoopB) May 9, 2019
The Los Angeles Lakers considered trading LeBron James at the NBA’s trading deadline.
Back in March, I got a phone call.
The person on the line was someone in the know and they shared that the Los Angeles Lakers were miffed about how the Anthony Davis deal was handled and that they were quite upset that the deal didn’t happen.
As for Anthony Davis:
Demps told Magic this is what he wanted:
✅2019 unprotected FRP
✅2020 FRP swap
✅2021 unprotected FRP
✅2022 FRP swap
✅2023 unprotected FRP
✅2019 and 2021 2nd round picks
Lakers said: 👎🏽✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽 pic.twitter.com/CM1guHqw28
— Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson 📍 (@ScoopB) February 6, 2019
In fact: Ownership felt that Rich Paul’s Klutch Agency and Magic Johnson, former Lakers President of Basketball Operations, were working too closely together in getting Davis via the New Orleans Pelicans.
Simply put: There was a belief in Lakers management that they were trying to sabbotage the Lakers team.
As a result, the Lakers were angry enough that they contemplated trading All Star, LeBron James to the Denver Nuggets.
That’s not outlandish.
The Denver Nuggets were quiety looking to wheel and deal at the NBA’s trading deadline in February.
They even made calls to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis.
Worth noting: Denver Nuggets Nuggets offered a package to the New Orleans Pelicans that included MPJ, Harris & multiple 1st round picks. https://t.co/OgCngC0r0u
— Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson 📍 (@ScoopB) February 7, 2019
LeBron James to the Denver Nuggets is not so outlandish either because LeBron James actually has a personal relationship with the teams president, Josh Kroenke.
While the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets were heavily discussed as a preference by James, before James ultimately chose LA, during NBA free agency this past summer, the Nuggets sought to lure James.
Per LA Times:
James said Josh Kroenke, the vice chairman of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, whose mother technically owns the Nuggets and whose father owns the Los Angeles Rams, broached the subject with him.
“He sent those throwback jerseys, I think they’re wearing them tonight,” James said after the Lakers’ morning shoot-around Tuesday. “The white ones? With the mountains, I believe, that’s on it. Said you’d look good in one of these. But we’ve been on vacation, things of that nature, we have a great friendship. But I didn’t give it much thought.”
James met with Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations, as soon as league rules allowed at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on June 30. He agreed to a four-year deal with the Lakers in the evening on July 1.
A lot has changed since then.
A LeBron James groin injury was a huge hurdle.
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James injury is more complex than what has been initially reported, I’m told.
Per Lakers source: “LeBron could ‘rush back' and return at the end of January. But he could very well be out until the end of February, or even longer.” pic.twitter.com/SAxB87J2J5
— Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson 📍 (@ScoopB) January 11, 2019
“It was the most serious injury of LeBron’s career,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“So that’s the start there, and for him not to be on the court, he’s not able to influence anything.”
The Lakers currently lack a head coach.
Names like Jason Kidd and Juwan Howard are currently on LA’s list.
— Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson 📍 (@ScoopB) November 3, 2018
The team also doesn’t have a President of Basketball Operations. Magic Johnson abruptly stepped down as the team’s President last month at a press conference.
On his latest episode of his HBO Special, “The Shop,” LeBron James discussed his displeasure with Magic Johnson stepping down from his post as President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I found out from Randy [Mims],” said James.
“During my stretching session, my right hand [man] says to me: ‘Magic just stepped down.’ And I’m like: Man get the f*** out my face you’re bulls****ing. I go and check my phone, I look at it, the shit happened.”Personally for me, I came here to be apart of the Lakers organization, having a conversation with Magic. So it was just weird for him to just be like: ‘I’m outta here,’ and not even have no like: ‘Hey ‘Bron, kiss my ass, I’m gone.’ It wasn’t even that.”
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) May 5, 2019
The Lakers will enter this summer looking to make a splash in NBA Free Agency.
The team purposely filled their roster with one-year contracts to maintain their salary cap flexibility for the summer of 2019 where several NBA superstars like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, DeMarcus Cousins, and DeAndre Jordan are expected to become unrestricted free agents.