“LeBron will have to wait to ask for his trade”


Eager to have a little help from the Lakers, LeBron James should not see his wish come true. The Lakers refuse to recruit, despite King’s insistence to the media. A departure ? Nothing should be ruled out. However, the native of Akron will have to be patient to formulate his request…

As he has just celebrated his 38th birthday, LeBron James is clearly not having the best season of his career. The Lakers have a record of 14-20, raising fears of another absence in the playoffs at the end of this campaign. A disaster for the supporters, who have been asking for a trade in the workforce for months, without much success. Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka refuse to take action.

In recent weeks, it is precisely the King who has been asking for changes. Via the media, he multiplied the statements with the aim of organizing a trade by the February deadline. If this situation continues, one can logically wonder about the future of LeBron in Los Angeles. Does he really want to be part of this team? In any case, he will have to be patient.

LeBron ordered to stay at the Lakers this season

Imagine that James decides to leave the Angelinos, he will actually have to wait much longer according to insider Eric Pincus. The latter recalls that because of the extension signed last August with the Lakers, he cannot be traded before February 18 – after the deadline. Whatever happens, he will go to the end of this campaign with the Lakers. For better and for worse…

It’s not a no-trade clause or anything like that. LeBron could even override that by making concessions. Unfortunately for him, the Lakers aren’t allowed to trade him because of his extension date – August 17, and how much he signed for (2 years, $97.1 million). That figure means he’ll get $46.9 million in 2023/24, and $50.6 million in 2024/25.

This is an increase of more than 5% on his current salary. If a player exceeds this limit, he cannot be traded for a period of 6 months. James having signed on August 18, he can be traded only after the deadline.

Of course, LeBron would have to ask to leave, which would be a first earthquake in California. Impossible ? Not necessarily, especially if the Lakers season continues this momentum. The franchise does not do what is necessary to allow him to win a new title, which must make him think about the approach of retirement. Everything is possible knowing this…

LeBron James leaving the Lakers? We are still far from this scenario, but nothing should be ruled out when we see the management of the leaders. Whatever, it will be necessary to wait until the summer of 2023 to have a possible separation between the two parties. Fans may be worried in the meantime…

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