REPORTS: LeBron James Camp’s Rift Widens With Lakers GM Amidst Big Update on Russell Westbrook-John Wall Swap

Published 02/21/2022, 4:30 PM EST
Feb 12, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after being called for a foul against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers soap opera continues even days after the trade deadline. LeBron James was reportedly not happy with the Lakers’ decision during the recent trade window. It all started with James saying that the door to another Cavaliers comeback isn’t closed and he wants to play alongside his son in his final season.

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It is well known that James wants to play alongside his son before retirement and he reiterated the same last week. However, if any other team manages to acquire Bronny James during the draft, it would mean LeBron’s departure from the Lakers.

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Feb 12, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after being hit on the arm against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from this. James is reportedly unhappy over the team’s decision to not trade before the deadline. The Lakers have been going through a slump and will have a tough time winning the championship. Both LeBron and Lakers GM, Rob Pelinka, knew that they needed to make some moves in order to fight for a championship. However, it didn’t happen and now LeBron’s camp is unhappy over Pelinka’s decision to not trade Westbrook for John Wall.

LeBron James and Klutch Sports unhappy with Pelinka for refusing Westbrook-John Wall trade

King James and Klutch Sports are reportedly unhappy with Rob Pelinka. Pelinka decided to not make any moves before the trade deadline on 10th February. However, some big moves were needed for the Lakers to revive their season and mount a championship challenge. According to Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus, Klutch sports are unhappy with Pelinka over this.

Jan 23, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) brings the ball up court against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

As reported by Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, “According to multiple NBA sources, Klutch is not happy with Pelinka. The sentiment has long percolated, but it reached a boil when Pelinka refused to trade Westbrook and a future first-round pick (likely 2027) for Houston Rockets guard and Klutch client John Wall.”

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While this move may have helped Klutch Sports and their client John Wall, it didn’t make much sense for the Lakers. The Lakers needed quality additions to boost their championship hopes. But John Wall hasn’t been at his best this season and it would have been another risky move.

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On the other hand, Russell Westbrook has failed to make a mark since joining the Lakers ahead of the season. Hence, it’ll be interesting to see how the Lakers deal with Westbrook during the off-season.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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