A latest yr is upon us, and that is excellent news for the Lakers — 2022 was not very kind to them.
The Lakers have been pretty bad this yr for lack of a greater word, and sadly, LeBron James is within the thick of it. James, who continues to be playing at an elite superstar level, missed the playoffs last season (and was never close to creating it), and is en path to missing the playoffs for the primary time in back-to-back seasons in his profession.
James has repeatedly expressed his frustrations with the team in a non-confrontational way, and it looks like the front office will do nothing to enhance the team.
“LeBron James Will Be Traded:
“Let’s face it: LeBron James’s decision to increase his contract with the Lakers was a mistake,” Mannix wrote. “It was a mistake for James, who doesn’t need the guaranteed money, pushing his deal through 2023–24 limited his leverage. It was also a mistake for L.A., which did not have the pieces to construct a title contender around James and (this season, anyway) doesn’t have the flexibleness to do anything with him.
“In a great world, the Lakers use the cap space created by Russell Westbrook’s exit next summer to sign Kyrie Irving or Draymond Green, flip a draft pick or two and vault back into contention next season. But when that does not occur, can the Lakers really go into 2023 with James, Anthony Davis and whatever group of castoffs they will assemble around them? Would James wish to? Dealing James would take some chutzpah, but when L.A. whiffs on big-ticket items next offseason, is there really a more sensible choice?”
With the way in which James’ contract is constructed, he can’t be traded until six months after signing his extension, which happens to land within the February ninth deadline. Meaning, he cannot be moved until after this season.
The Lakers are thirteenth within the Western Conference, 3.5 games back from the play-in and 5.5 games back from the sixth seed — nevertheless it looks like they’re way further back than that.
LeBron desires to win, and if he believes that shall be some place else, then so be it. L.A. has done little to assist James out, and may not make a win-now trade this yr. A now 38-year-old mustn’t should shoulder this sort of burden
The Akron native deserves to be competing for a championship and while all of us hope for it to be in L.A., it most actually doesn’t look like it’s going to be.