On the newest episode of his podcast The Lowe Post, ESPN’s Zach Lowe spoke with the Worldwide Leader’s Lakers beat reporter, Dave McMenamin, about just how badly 38-year-old LA All-Star might actually want to depart the team in a trade.
The reply: not much.
“I keep hearing he wants to stick with the Lakers. He wants to complete his profession with the Lakers,” Lowe noted. “His comments [about hoping to play for a winning franchise] must be interpreted as his patience shouldn’t be infinite and if that is only a continued morass of losing, possibly that changes. But for those who force me to bet, I’d still bet on him ending his profession with the Lakers. And I’d feel pretty confident in that.”
McMenamin weighed in as well.
“I feel if he had his druthers, he plays on the Lakers until he hangs it up,” McMenamin noted. “[Eldest son] Bronny James is on the Lakers. And the Lakers are back within the playoffs each season. I feel that may be enough. It is not championship or bust. It’s competitive basketball or bust. I feel that is his breaking point.”
Now in the course of his fifth 12 months for LA, James has already lapped his total seasons spent with the Miami Heat. He hasn’t quite duplicated his Miami output of 4 straight NBA Finals runs, two championships, or two Finals and regular season MVP awards. But he has brought the Lakers their seventeenth championship, so really the remainder is gravy. He has cemented his legacy as a legitimate Laker, irrespective of where he winds up when all is alleged and done.