LeBron James trade was ‘contemplated’ by Lakers

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That seems a bit extreme, don't ya think?

The 34-year-old James, about to have the curtain dropped on his 16th NBA season, said during the 2015 NBA Finals while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden Warriors that he would rather not make the playoffs than lose in the Finals - something he's done six times in his career, compared to three championships. James also missed 18 games earlier this season after suffering a groin injury on Christmas. It is unlikely to be enough to extend the Lakers' season, but James believes they will be playoff contenders in the future. "It was good to see him in here today, and we wish him a speedy and healthy recovery". Bosh eventually retired due to blood clotting issues, but many other athletes have continued to compete. He remembers the initial days around Bosh's diagnosis as "uncertainty". However, after calling Rich Paul she was able to clear the air, according to Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher.

Let's take a step back.

Ball wasn't quite a star in the stats department this season for the Lakers, averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting.406 from the field, but his size and versatility on defense was huge for a Lakers team that ranked in the bottom 10 of points allowed per game this season.

Although the Lakers found a way to finish the game and come out victorious, James's injury was a turning point that led to a downward spiral.

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Another No. 2 pick, 2017 Lakers draftee Lonzo Ball, may also miss the rest of the season.

The team has shut down Ball for the remainder of the season after doctors re-evaluated the guard's left ankle, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Could the Lakers have traded James?

A LeBron trade isn't happening, but the fact that the Lakers reportedly "contemplated" the move shows just how insane this season has been for the Los Angeles franchise.

The Lakers (30-36) fell into 11th place in the Western Conference with their fifth straight loss against Boston.

Jeff Van Gundy suggested during a recent broadcast that the Los Angeles Lakers need to consider the possibility of trading LeBron James this summer, and he is not the only one who feels that way.

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