“He Getting Traded for Sure”: LeBron James Blatantly Snubbing His Own Teammate Ignites Exit Rumors on NBA Twitter

Published 01/28/2023, 10:10 AM EST

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The Los Angeles Lakers recently surprised the NBA world with their trade updates and fans seem to be expecting more trades from the LA side before the trade deadline. The Lakers traded Kendrick Nunn for Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on 23 January. Additionally, the Purple and Gold team could trade a $104 Million worth star before the deadline. In fact, a video clip surfaced on the internet recently involving LeBron James snubbing his own teammate, which has further triggered trade rumors among NBA fans.

The Lakers have had a tough outing in the league so far as they are currently the 13th seed in the Western Conference with an underwhelming record of 23-26. On the brighter side of things, Anthony Davis has finally returned to the hardwood after missing out on several games due to his foot injury. King James’ Lakers require impressive performances in the upcoming games to qualify for the playoffs stage as the league surpasses the halfway mark. Meanwhile, an apparent indication of a rift inside the Lakers camp has prompted fans to flood social media with a reinvigorated trade rumor.

LeBron James ignores his teammate during the game triggering trade rumors among fans


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In a now viral video shared on Twitter, LeBron James could be seen ignoring Patrick Beverley’s high-five courtside while returning to the bench. During Wednesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers dominated the court with an impressive 114-103 performance. Even though the Lakers won the game, the fans’ attention were fixated only on King James’s gesture toward Pat Bev.

Reacting to the video, fans speculated further trade rumors involving Beverley. A major section of the fans felt that James’ ignored his teammate on purpose. In fact, they surmised that this could indicate a potential trade for the veteran defender.

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NBA fans swarmed the comments with their reasons for James’ gesture. One user said, “He Getting Traded for Sure.” Following are some reactions from NBA Twitter.



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Meanwhile, Anthony Davis scored 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 1 assist in 26 minutes in his comeback game against the Spurs. 

The Lakers’ possible $104 Million star trade

Following the Rui Hachimura trade, a recent report suggested that the Toronto Raptors star Fred VanVleet could be traded to the Lakers ahead of the trade deadline. According to the report, The Raptors star VanVleet could sign a contract with Klutch Sports, a sports agency owned by King James and his friend Maverick Carter. However, reacting to the report, fans speculated that the star could play for the Lakers.


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Shahul Hameed

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has previously worked as a contributor at an online news site. Shahul has always shared a keen interest in journalism, starting off as a reporter for his college news journal.

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