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. However, finding a team that would give up a king’s ransom of The King might be more difficult than you would think.
Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report spoke with several NBA team owners and executives about the possibility of LeBron being traded, and the general consensus was that teams would not be willing to give up nearly as much for James now as they would have a year ago.
“At this point, probably not, given where we are,” one Eastern Conference owner said of trading for James. “I wouldn’t want to gut the team for a player that isn’t committed and is toward the end of his career.”
Others said they would add James, but only at the right price.
“Depends on what I’d have to give up,” a Western Conference owner said. “I wouldn’t roll up the truck and give more than one protected first[-round pick].”