LeBron James won't be traded by the Los Angeles Lakers (probably, anyway), but the situation in Southern California has gotten so ridiculous that there is now legitimate talk of a shocking trade being something to consider.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith appeared on SportsCenter tonight and revealed that people close to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss are telling her to trade James, who has three years left on his contract (and no no-trade clause).
"We don't know what the hell is going on in Los Angeles," Smith explained. "You've got folks close to Jeanie Buss imploring her to trade LeBron James. He does not have a no-trade clause and now you haven't given him the coach he wanted."
James was reportedly on board with the Lakers hiring his former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach in Ty Lue.
Multiple reports tonight, though, have confirmed that Lue will not be getting the Lakers job. Los Angeles was reportedly unwilling to give him complete control of his assistant coach hires. The Lakers were also reportedly only willing to go three years on a contract, while Lue was seeking five.
A LeBron trade, of course, would be one of the most-shocking moves in NBA history. It's tough to even imagine what he would go for in a trade, or what teams he would actually have interest in playing for.
Year 1 in Los Angeles was highly disappointing for LeBron and Co., as he dealt with injuries and the Lakers missed out on the playoffs. It's been capped by Magic Johnson's stunning resignation and an embarrassing coaching search.
And, now, we're talking about the Lakers possibly trading him.
The drama is surely not lacking.