There are clearly changes that need to be made if the Lakers want to be contenders next season, and it appears that nobody on the roster is safe from trade rumors surrounding them.
That includes Lakers superstar forward LeBron James.
While James showed his typical excellence this past season, it did not result in team success, and a number of people around the NBA world have been calling for the organization to listen to trade offers for the 18-time All-Star.
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NBA insider Bill Plaschke discussed the topic on The Doug Gottlieb Show on Tuesday, where he detailed that he has heard that legendary Lakers coach Phil Jackson is amongst those who would like to see the organization trade James.
“I’ve heard that Phil would like LeBron traded. I’ve just heard that but I’ve got nothing to back that up. No on-the-record stuff to back that up. I do know that Phil would like to keep Westbrook and try to make that work with him,” said Plaschke.
Jackson notably still has a strong relationship with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss. Buss discussed her relationship with Jackson, saying that he is “someone she can lean on” when it comes to decision-making within the organization. If it is true that Jackson wants this, it is certainly plausible that Buss is at least considering the option.
Trading a player of LeBron James’s caliber would certainly be something that is unprecedented, but truthfully, the Lakers have very few options when it comes to shaking up their roster going forward.
It is unclear what teams would even be willing to offer in a trade considering LeBron is coming up on his 20th NBA season at 37 years of age. But it would certainly be the biggest NBA trade in quite some time if James were to be traded.