According to multiple reports, LeBron James really likes the idea of reuniting with former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving. The Los Angeles Lakers have been working behind the scenes to try and make a trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets happen but at this point, nothing has come to fruition.
If a LeBron-Kyrie reunion in Hollywood can't happen, then perhaps they can join forces in Brooklyn? This is a sensational trade scenario that has recently come up, with the possibility of the Lakers trading LeBron to the Nets in exchange for Kevin Durant, who himself has asked to leave the team.
NBA insider Chris Broussard has addressed these rumors, and according to the renowned basketball analyst, he has spoken to someone from LeBron's camp about this same possibility. At this point, however, it appears that James does not want to leave the Lakers:
“No, because I talked to somebody close to LeBron, and LeBron would not want this to happen,” Broussard said, via UNDISPUTED on Twitter. “And I think the Lakers respect him enough that they'll do what he wants to do. If he doesn't want to be traded, I don't think they'll trade him. Obviously, he wants to win a championship, but he's not desperate to the point where he's gonna uproot his family in a place where he's happy to go somewhere where he doesn't want to be.”
.@Chris_Broussard doesn't see a LeBron and KD trade swap as a real possibility:
"I talked with someone close to LeBron and he would not want this to happen. The Lakers respect LeBron enough that they'll do what he wants to do." pic.twitter.com/ZwWXwattHN
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 14, 2022
Broussard then talked about how — improbable as it may seem — this deal would actually make a lot of sense for all parties involved. LeBron gets his wish to reunite with Kyrie while also linking up with his protege in Ben Simmons. Durant's desire to be traded will also be fulfilled, and he would then become the face of the Lakers franchise for many years to come. Moreover, Broussard believes that both the Lakers and the Nets would be in a better position to compete for a title if this trade actually went down.
As Broussard said, however, LeBron doesn't want it. This only means that it won't happen.