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LeBron James on Anthony Davis trade talk: I don’t ‘play much fantasy basketball’

LeBron James swiped away a question about the ongoing Anthony Davis trade rumors by arguing taking part in such speculation is akin to playing fantasy basketball.

The Los Angeles Lakers are said to be among the biggest players in the Davis sweepstakes, especially if the New Orleans Pelicans elect to deal the superstar ahead of Thursday’s Feb. 7 trade deadline, although the likelihood things play out in such a manner diminish with each passing day.

That said, James, who will return to the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers after a one-game absence, clearly wanted no part in discussing the Davis trade-talk drama.

“I kind of tend not to play much fantasy basketball, that’s how I’ve always been,” James said Tuesday, per The Athletic’s Bill Oram. “If something were to occur with our team whether it’s him or it’s somebody else throughout the trade deadline we’ll approach it then.”

The Lakers are said to be in intense negotiations with the Pelicans to deliver Davis to L.A. ahead of the deadline. However, reports suggest the Pelicans may opt to hold on to the superstar in order to create a feeding frenzy this coming offseason.

The belief is that waiting out the situation until summer will generate even stronger offers than the Lakers can currently provide, with the Boston Celtics positioned to be among the highest and most aggressive bidders.

Regardless of how things play out in the coming days, James’ “fantasy basketball” comments strike a particularly odd tone. It was only in December when James’ rhetoric concerning Davis alarmed several NBA owners, with some even arguing the Lakers superstar’s comments amounted to tampering.

Further, the argument could be forwarded that James’ comments may have played some role in inspiring Davis’ trade demand in the first place.

Perhaps James opting to avoid any Davis chatter was inspired by how things played out the last time he engaged in articulating such hypotheticals.