Richard Jefferson says Lakers’ LeBron James will not ask for a trade

Richard Jefferson says Lakers’ LeBron James will not ask for a trade

After a notoriously dysfunctional 2018-2019 season, the Los Angeles Lakers head into the offseason looking for a new head coach and help for LeBron James. In the latest debacle for the increasingly shambolic franchise, Tyronn Lue and the team have reportedly ended talks over L.A.'s head coaching vacancy.

The NBA trade rumors aren't going to die down for a while, though, because the Lakers aren't taking part in the postseason. Rambis and GM Rob Pelinka (who doesn't have very many fans himself) apparently wanted Jason Kidd (ditto) to be on Lue's coaching staff if they were going to give him the job. The organization is still without a head coach after parting ways with Luke Walton and, in short, the front office does not seem to be functioning at an obscenely high level. Initially thought to be a shoo-in to land Ty Lue, the Lakers and Lue were unable to come to terms on an offer that made sense for both sides.

Since former president of basketball operations Magic Johnson's resignation, owner Jeanie Buss and company have been heavily criticized. As a coach, he and Lakers star LeBron James won a championship together with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. Not only would the Lakers be silly to trade James but it is so inconceivable that the team would actually get the proper return for the superstar.

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Lue was also seeking a five-year contract while the Lakers were only prepared to offer a three-year deal worth $18 million.

James signed a four-year deal with the Lakers last summer. Smith claims people close to Buss are telling her to trade LeBron James.

Kent Bazemore and Miles Plumlee would have to be included for salary-matching purposes, and Baze at least should provide solid minutes for the Lakers next season.

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