While some have shut down the mere thought of trading LeBron James as the Los Angeles Lakers are most likely bound to miss the playoffs, it seems he’s no longer the hot mega-star most teams salivated at during this past offseason.
“Hmmm,” pondered one Eastern Conference owner when asked if his team would trade for James if given the chance, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. “At this point, probably not, given where we are. I wouldn’t want to gut the team for a player that isn’t committed and is toward the end of his career.”
A different owner was more flexible, yet still hesitant to make the deal, unless it came with some conditions.
“Depends on what I’d have to give up,” said a Western Conference owner. “I wouldn’t roll up the truck and give more than one protected first[-round pick].”