Lakers’ LeBron James shoots down ‘one piece away’ talk
With the trade deadline just around the corner, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dismissed all trade rumors noting that the current roster is ‘enough’ to be a title contender.
Per Dave McMenamin of ESPN, James shot down various reports which have claimed that the Lakers need one more piece to cement their title contender status. For James, the team — comprised of savvy veterans and a bunch of up and comers — is already enough.
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"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 24, 2020
Various rumors suggest that third-year man Kyle Kuzma might be on the trade block. Analysts claim that though Kuzma’s offensive talents have been key for the Lakers, his inconsistency and relative inexperience may turn into liabilities once the postseason begins. As such, names such as Zach LaVine, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Derrick Rose, and Jae Crowder have cropped up.
Though the NBA can be very unpredictable, those five simple words by James may indeed extinguish all trade rumors involving the Purple and Gold. While it is Rob Pelinka and the rest of the front office who’s in charge of such roster moves, James’ stature as the franchise player means that he holds much influence. It’s easy to imagine Pelinka consulting James on what might be the best move to beef up the roster.
The Lakers picked up their 36th win of the season on Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets. So far, the Lakers haven’t lost a step in the 2019-20 season, save their four straight losses in December.
But as the season approaches its midpoint mark, the Lakers seem to be clicking on all cylinders. Throughout the course of the season, minor injuries have sidelined a bunch of their key guys. But the Lakers continue to operate with efficiency.