The Los Angeles Lakers are almost one year into the LeBron James era. The first season will not be capped with a playoff berth.
LeBron and the Lakers have been one of the most-disappointing teams in the NBA this season, as they’re now seven games out of the No. 8 seed.
There are no easy solutions for the Lakers moving forward.
Sure, Los Angeles will attempt to trade for Anthony Davis and/or lull another max free agent this summer, but those are far from guarantees.
ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy had a bold suggestion for the Lakers during Saturday night’s broadcast.
The suggestion: Explore trading LeBron James.
— Champ (@ChampChong) March 10, 2019
Fellow ESPN analyst Bobby Marks, a former Nets executive, agreed with his colleague.
I agree with Jeff Van Gundy- Everything needs to be on the table for the Lakers this summer including no. 23.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) March 10, 2019
This was the back and forth between Van Gundy and Mark Jackson:
Van Gundy: I think in the offseason, they need to rebuild this roster, right? And to me, it could be a trade for an Anthony Davis, or I think they need to explore trading LeBron for getting as much as they can.
Jackson: What are you doing, seriously? No, seriously, what are you doing?
Van Gundy: You’ve got to get on the right timeline. I’m going to say, if I could trade him for the Clippers into cap space, which would give me a better chance to get Durant or Kawhi Leonard, would I not do that?
Jackson: OK, LeBron James is not getting traded. OK?
Van Gundy: You’ve got to put everything on the table.
Jackson: No, you can’t.
Of course, the Lakers won’t actually trade LeBron, but it would be interesting to see what kind of return they could get for him.