West Notes: Lakers, LeBron James, Spurs, Jazz


LeBron James didn’t come out and say it, but he hinted in an interview with Sam Amick of The Athletic that the Lakers need to work harder at upgrading the roster.

If that includes moving their next two trade-eligible first-round picks (2027 and ’29), well, then perhaps so be it.

As Amick noted, James didn’t offer any suggestions, saying he will let the front office do its job and the media come up with its own trade scenarios.

“If you guys know, then you guys know,” James said after Amick asked if it makes sense for the Lakers to stay the course until the offseason. “You guys know. I don’t need to talk about it. You guys know.”

James and the Lakers have had another uneven season as he makes a run toward overtaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. James should break the record, but that may be the only thing of note for the Lakers in 2022-23.

It’s hard to know if there’s a move out there to be made — even if they would include the next two first-rounders. Some rival GMs have told Hoop Wire those picks don’t really move the needle.

“I don’t even know if I’ll be (the GM) here in 2027,” one said in an email.

Nonetheless, James clearly is hoping Lakers GM Rob Pelinka does something.

“Listen, you guys know. It’s not rocket science,” James said, via Amick. “Y’all know what the f–k should be happening. I don’t need to talk.”



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