“Warriors Attempted to Trade for LeBron James Before NBA Trade Deadline

The Golden State Warriors tried to make a big move at last week’s NBA trade deadline by trading for LeBron James, but the move failed. The Warriors called the Los Angeles Lakers to ask if James was interested in a trade that would pair him with Stephen Curry, but neither James nor the Lakers were interested.

The Warriors thought the timing was right to make the move because they are currently in 10th place in the West, and the Lakers have also been faltering, sitting just one spot ahead of them. James has appeared to be getting impatient with the Lakers in his bid to win another NBA title at age 39.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob called Lakers owner Jeanie Buss to inquire about the trade. Buss told Lacob that the Lakers did not want to part with James, but they should call James’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, to get a read on the megastar’s state of mind. That was also a non-starter, as Paul reportedly told both Buss and Lacob that James wanted to remain with the Lakers.

Lacob then went to Draymond Green for advice. Green, a Warriors player who knows James well, was reportedly on board, and he texted Paul to ask for help recruiting LeBron. It’s not known how Paul responded, or if he even responded at all.

Daryl Morey, the Philadelphia 76ers basketball operations president, also called Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka to see if James was available. After seeing James’ murky social media post of an hour-glass a week before the trade deadline, Morey called Pelinka to probe on a James trade and was immediately told that James wasn’t available. In fact, Pelinka responded by asking Morey if Joel Embiid was available.

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