LeBron James Trade Rumors: Lakers Star Won’t Demand Move from LAL

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LeBron James applauds as he watches on a giant overhead video screen as a member of the military is honored during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in New York. James and other NBA stars, including Houston Rockets Chris Paul, left, turned out to watch final game of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade's NBA career. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Despite the Los Angeles Lakers‘ struggles, LeBron James does not appear willing to force his way out via trade.

“Jalen Rose said the same thing myself and even Max Kellerman said. [Rose said] ‘He should ask for a trade,'” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said on Monday’s Get Up. “In other words, we don’t know. We don’t believe that’s what LeBron James will do. Matter of fact, I’m told it’s not what he will do.

“I’m certainly told…the Lakers will not trade him either, even though there’s been people in Hollywood, not basketball people, but people in Hollywood in Jeanie Buss’ ear telling her, ‘Get rid of him. Trade him. Just rebuild because ya’ll ain’t going anywhere anyway.’ But again, he doesn’t have a no-trade clause, so you could conceivably move him. That’s not something they’re going to do. It’s not something he’s thinking about doing.”

James signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers last July, embarking on a journey that’s been arguably more frustrating than anything he’s done in his NBA career. The Lakers (37-45) missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season—James’ first missed postseason since 2004-05—w