June 15, 2024

 

James stated that until ESPN broke the story on February 14, he was unaware of the Warriors-Lakers trade negotiations.

Before the 2024 NBA All-Star Game on February 18, James stated on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” broadcast, “It [the trade talks] didn’t go far at all.” “I became aware of it at the same time as everyone else.” You know, it goes without saying that Shaq, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley have all played in the league. Additionally, occasionally talks take place behind closed doors that you aren’t even aware of until they, I suppose, decide whether or not to reveal them to you. However, I was never affected by it, so I was also aware of it when the reports surfaced.

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Before the 2024 NBA All-Star Game on February 18, James stated on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” broadcast, “It [the trade talks] didn’t go far at all.” “I became aware of it at the same time as everyone else.” You know, it goes without saying that Shaq, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley have all played in the league. Additionally, occasionally talks take place behind closed doors that you aren’t even aware of until they, I suppose, decide whether or not to reveal them to you. However, I was not even affected by it, therefore I was also informed when the results were out.

The ESPN article claims that discussions about a trade started at the ownership level, indicating that the Warriors were seriously

LeBron James intends to stay a Laker and retire.
James reaffirmed his dedication to the Lakers as he spoke with the media prior to the All-Star game.

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James told reporters, “I am a Laker and I’m happy, and I have been very happy being a Laker the last six years.” I hope things continue like way. However, I’m not sure how long it will last or what outfit I’ll be wearing. I’m hoping it’s with the Lakers. There are many greats and it’s a great organization. However, we’ll see. I’m not sure how it will conclude, but I’m certain that it will.

James, 39, has a player option worth $51.4 million for the upcoming year. The Lakers can also make a significant move in the offseason with their three first-round picks.

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