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LeBron James usually gets what he wants when it comes to putting together a championship-caliber roster. So don’t expect the Los Angeles Lakers to make much noise when the trade deadline rolls around on Feb. 6.
Speaking to the media after a 128-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, James plainly stated the team has all it needs to contend for a title now. It needs no further pieces.
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With the trade deadline coming up on Feb. 6th, LeBron was asked if the Lakers are “one piece away” from cementing their championship contender status. LeBron’s answer was both confident, and savvy, preserving team chemistry by not suggesting weakness: “We have enough right now”
Answering that question in Brooklyn has a different feel after Kyrie Irving’s latest comments. James’ former teammate lamented that the young Nets didn’t have enough pieces to contend, inadvertently throwing some of his teammates under the bus and leading to a mea culpa a few days later.
There won’t be any of that needed from James.
He made himself clear, though there’s certainly