These rumors emerging for LeBron James on the trade block seemed to come from a report from the Los Angeles Times starting that there is a "lack of leadership and direction" coming from him and the franchise in general.
"I think they need to explore trading LeBron for as much as they can", Van Gundy said on ABC's Lakers-Celtics broadcast.
So, while the Lakers can trade James, it is extremely unlikely that they would do so, as Jackson and Breen pointed out, unless he was on board with the move. Injuries have continued piling up, ruining any real chance the team had to play in the postseason.
There was some mystery behind the reason for Ingram missing the last two games for the Lakers. Ball has been sidelined since January 19 with an ankle injury suffered against the Houston Rockets.
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Ball should have a normal offseason for the first time. "Training camp is the next thing, then playing well and doing well for your team, then the next thing and the next thing". A year ago he dealt with a knee injury and was unable to get much work done during the offseason.
Fortunately, once detected, DVT is very treatable with blood thinning medication, and Ingram will undoubtedly receive great care in getting himself healthy.
But further testing revealed Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) in his right arm, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
The Lakers are 15-8 with James, Ball and Ingram all in their lineup, but they've largely struggled whenever one of the trio is out.