LeBron James was frustrated on Saturday night after a review went against him and the Lakers in a close loss to the Timberwolves. Photo Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports Dec 30, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to the call that his basket was only worth two-points against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the finals seconds of the fourth quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Despite widespread rumors and speculation to the contrary, LeBron James is not going anywhere.

The superstar’s agent, Rich Paul, made it clear in an interview with ESPN Friday that James is staying with the Los Angeles Lakers past the Feb. 8 NBA trade deadline.

“LeBron won’t be traded, and we aren’t asking to be,” Paul said (via ESPN).

The NBA world has certainly felt differently about that the past couple of days, especially after James himself posted an hourglass emoji on his X/Twitter account Wednesday.

James hasn’t elaborated on that cryptic message. With the Lakers 25-25 and treading water this season, that message prompted talk LeBron wants to join a team with a chance to win the championship this season.

Pundits and fans constructed various deals that would have sent the legend to a number of different contending teams.

“If LeBron James wants to put himself in position to win a championship, get traded to the New York Knicks,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said Friday.

Smith wasn’t the only one proposing deals for James.

While Paul’s statement put those rumors to rest, it raised questions about what’s really going on behind the scenes with James and the Lakers. James does not have a no-trade clause in his Lakers contract, but for a star of his magnitude, things are more complicated.

Plus, no other team may be willing to offer the package the Lakers would want, for a 39-year-old player. James has a $51.4 million player option in his contract for next season.

The NBA world quickly reacted to the ESPN report.


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