Possible Zach LaVine Trade to LeBron James’ Lakers Given a Much Needed Reality Check by NBA Insider

Published 05/05/2022, 12:30 PM EDT
Jan 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves to the basket against Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and the LA Lakers had a season to forget as they didn’t seal a playoff spot. As a result, the Lakers’ front office fired head coach Frank Vogel. Even though the playoffs are now still underway, the trade rumors have already started gathering pace. 

Because this is the Lakers we are talking about, one of the most successful clubs in NBA history. Add LeBron James into the mix and the expectations will always be sky-high. And the Lakers fans have already started doing mock drafts and asking questions about the arrival of superstars.

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Eric Pincus is a salary cap strategist and writer. And the fans are asking him questions about trades for the Lakers. When one fan asked about getting Zach LaVine from the Chicago Bulls, Eric had to let the fan know it is not likely since the Lakers have a hard cap.

While the possibility of a high-flying Zach LaVine playing with LeBron James is exciting, it looks highly unlikely.

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Will LeBron James extend his contract with the Lakers?

LeBron James is one of the greatest of all time to play in the NBA. And he had a good season individually. 

He tried to will his struggling Lakers team to the playoffs but ended up unsuccessful. At 37, he played 56 games and averaged 30.3 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, and 6.2 assists per game.

Mar 14, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) moves in for the dunk against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is under contract with the Lakers for $44.5 million. And it will be the final year of his deal. The Lakers are expected to offer a two-year extension. While it was mostly thought that James would accept this deal and retire as Laker, things look different now.

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During the All-Star weekend in Cleveland, LeBron said that the chances of him playing for the Cavaliers is not completely off. He said, “The door’s not closed on that,..”. “I’m not saying I’m coming back and playing, I don’t know. I don’t know what my future holds. I don’t even know when I’m free.”

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He also spoke about his intentions of playing with his son, Bronny, in the next couple of years if he makes it to the NBA. While LeBron to the Cavaliers might not happen again, it shows his intention of keeping his options open. This leaves his future with the Lakers up in the air.

So the Lakers front office has a tremendous job at their hands now. It will be interesting to see what type of moves they make and who they bring in.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.

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