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If the Los Angeles Lakers want to right their sinking ship they should consider all possibilities — including a trade of LeBron James, according to Jeff Van Gundy.
The former coach and current ABC/ESPN analyst was speaking to a national audience during the Lakers’ loss (their fifth in a row) to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
The exchange between Van Gundy and fellow analyst Mark Jackson went like this:
Van Gundy: I think in the offseason, they [Lakers] need to rebuild this roster, right? And to me, it could be a trade for an Anthony Davis, or I think they need to explore trading LeBron for getting as much as they can.
Jackson: What are you doing, seriously? No, seriously, what are you doing?
Van Gundy: You’ve got to get on the right timeline. I’m going to say, if I could trade him for the Clippers into cap space, which would give me a better chance to get Durant or Kawhi Leonard, would I not do that?
Jackson: OK, LeBron James is not getting traded. OK?
Van Gundy: You’ve got to put everything on the table.
Jackson: No, you can’t.
It should be noted that Jackson is represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports, the same agency that represents James. Jackson also took to the airwaves to campaign for the New Orleans Pelicans to trade Anthony Davis, another Paul client, to the Lakers earlier this season.
But no matter how you spin it, things have not gone well for James and the Lakers. With a record of 30-36, they are 7 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, with just 16 games to go.
According to Tankathon.com, the Lakers have the 11th-toughest remaining schedule in the league.
I agree with Jeff Van Gundy- Everything needs to be on the table for the Lakers this summer including no. 23.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) March 10, 2019