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Die Warriors versuchten erfolglos, LeBron James und Steph Curry zusammenzubringen

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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, the Golden State Warriors reportedly attempted to trade for LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the trade was unsuccessful and almost led to a seismic power shift in the West.

The potential trade would have paired James with his rival Steph Curry, who faced off against James in four consecutive NBA Finals, with the Warriors leading 3-1 in the series.

Reportedly, Warriors owner Joe Lacob initially approached Lakers owner Jeanie Buss with hopes of alleviating public frustration over the Lakers‘ recent struggles by proposing the trade. However, the Lakers expressed no interest in trading James and referred Lacob to James‘ agent Rich Paul.

The conversation was reportedly spurred by Warriors forward and Klutch Sports colleague of James, Draymond Green. Following his efforts to facilitate a trade with Lacob, Green texted James and urged him to join the Warriors, drawing parallels to his instrumental role in recruiting Kevin Durant to the team.

Rumors of a potential James trade first surfaced in the hours leading up to the trade deadline, as reported by KTLA moderator David Pingalore. While Pingalore is not considered a top NBA insider, he has had early successes in predicting player movements, including Kawhi Leonard’s signing with the Clippers and James‘ decision to join the Lakers. Paul eventually refuted any idea that James would be traded.

According to the report, the Warriors were not the only team to reach out to James. Daryl Morey, president of the Philadelphia 76ers, inquired with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka about the possibility of acquiring James, only to be promptly rebuffed and asked if Joel Embiid was available.

At 39 years old, James has a player option worth $51.4 million for the 2024/25 season. Despite his age, James continues to perform at an All-NBA level, leading the Lakers with 24.8 points and 7.8 assists per game, and ranking second behind Anthony Davis with 7.2 rebounds per game. James ranks 11th in the league in Box Plus/Minus (BPM) and remains able to contribute to an NBA franchise.

The four-time MVP is also open to potentially playing alongside his sons, Bronny and Bryce, regardless of where they end up. Bronny’s first season at USC ended prematurely due to a heart condition, while Bryce is still in high school and will be eligible for the NBA Draft in 2026.

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