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Will the Lakers Trade LeBron James?

LeBron James Trade Betting Odds May 9 2019

In what feels like an every year occurrence in the NBA, the rumor mill on where LeBron James will suit up for the 2019-20 season continues to be a hot topic for insiders and the media. However, oddsmakers have him favored to stay in Los Angeles and continue to play with the Lakers.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Lakers at -600 for where LeBron James will play for Game 1 of the 2019-20 NBA season followed by the New York Knicks (+700), Los Angeles Clippers (+700), Cleveland Cavaliers (+1000), Miami Heat (+1000), Chicago Bulls (+1500) and Indiana Pacers (+1800) to round out the field.

While it seems preposterous that he would not be in purple and gold for next season, let’s open our minds to the possibility that he could be in a different uniform for next season due to a trade and where the value is at on this list:

Why Would the Lakers Trade LeBron?

That’s a fair question, especially given how much the Lakers have struggled to lure free agents to Los Angeles. The main reason why they would trade him is simply because he’s such a valuable asset that the Lakers could get a king’s ransom for him in a trade package. Another subplot has been the resistance from Laker Nation to embrace LeBron as a “true” Laker in comparison to Kobe Bryant or other Laker legends. I’m highly skeptical of the Lakers trading away their one superstar to potentially rebuild again but crazier things have happened in the NBA offseason.

What Team Could Trade For Him?

Hypothetically, if the Knicks were to get the No. 1 overall pick in this June’s draft, they could seriously consider trading the pick that is assumed to be Zion Williamson for LeBron. That type of trade would make the Knicks instantly relevant again and put them in a position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Knicks would also have room for another max salary cap slot and could pair LeBron with a high-profile free agent like Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving. While I’m highly dubious that LeBron would be traded in the first place, the Knicks (or the team that wins the draft lottery) would have a massive trade asset to give up in exchange for the Chosen One.

The only other team that I could see even having the chance to land LeBron in a trade would be the Cavaliers and that’s only contingent on them landing the No. 1 pick. Even then, it would take a lot to mend that relationship with owner Dan Gilbert for LeBron to return to Ohio so I don’t see that happening. Every other team on this list either doesn’t have the assets to obtain him or wouldn’t be interested so I think it’s the Knicks or bust.

What do you think? Would the Lakers seriously trade LeBron James? Where would they trade him? Have your say in the comments.

What team will LeBron James play for in the 2019-20 NBA season?
  • Los Angeles Lakers -600
  • New York Knicks +700
  • Los Angeles Clippers +700
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +1000
  • Miami Heat +1000
  • Chicago Bulls +1500
  • Indiana Pacers +1800
Odds as of May 9 at Bovada