LeBron James bristles at notion Lakers are ‘one piece away’
The Los Angeles Lakers are comfortably atop the Western Conference just beyond the midpoint of the season, but there are skeptics out there who nevertheless believe the team needs one more impact player to improve their championship prospects. LeBron James isn’t buying into that outside noise.
Following Thursday’s 128-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, James was asked if the Lakers ought to add an impact player with the trade deadline looming in early February.
With the trade deadline coming up on Feb. 6th, LeBron was asked if the Lakers are "one piece away" from cementing their championship contender status. LeBron's answer was both confident, and savvy, preserving team chemistry by not suggesting weakness: "We have enough right now"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 24, 2020
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka indicated earlier this month that the team is willing to trade any player on the roster — save for James and Anthony Davis, of course — to build a championship team.
There has been a significant amount of chatter suggesting the Lakers would be amenable to dealing Kyle Kuzma, but it’s unclear whether the team is comfortable with what would be the possible return for the 24-year-old forward.
Among the players the Lakers are said to be interested include the Pistons’ Derrick Rose, Grizzlies’ Andre Iguodala and Timberwolves’ Robert Covington, among a handful of others.
Amid all the speculation, James’ expressed confidence in the current makeup of the Lakers roster is not all that surprising. He has enough media savvy at this point in his career to be cognizant of the fact that indicating otherwise would only result in potentially negative consequences.
Behind the scenes, on the other hand, could be a different story. James is of course known for inconspicuously attempting to pull the strings when it comes to such matters.