LeBron James trade rumors: Lakers star says stunning Warriors rumor ‘never even got to me’

Was LeBron James close to teaming up with Stephen Curry at the trade deadline? According to James himself, that might be a stretch. 

Asked about the rumor that the Warriors pushed to acquire him from the Lakers ahead of the deadline, James told the “Inside the NBA” crew that he believes talks between the Lakers and Warriors “didn’t go far at all.”

“I actually heard about it when everybody else heard about it,” James said, explaining that he believes the Lakers would have approached him if there was any chance of a trade going down.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob reached out to the Lakers ahead of the deadline to gauge the team’s interest in trading the 20-time All-Star, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, but “neither the Lakers nor James were willing to explore a potential blockbuster.”

While the Lakers didn’t have much interest, per the report, they did their due diligence and checked in with James to make sure he wasn’t interested in a deal. James confirmed he wanted to stay in Los Angeles. 

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James’ agent, Rich Paul, told Stephen A. Smith earlier in the week that reports of the Warriors’ interest were accurate but said his client is “committed to the Lakers.”

While Paul said he understood why the report was newsworthy because of James’ status as a superstar, “it wasn’t much news in terms of the time spent on it” by the Lakers and Warriors, he explained.

Meanwhile, Warriors forward Draymond Green addressed the rumors during Sunday’s All-Star Game, making it clear that he wouldn’t be comfortable giving up Jonathan Kuminga in a deal for James. While Green has a close relationship with James, Kuminga’s recent breakthrough has played a role in reviving the Warriors’ season.

James’ comments on Sunday conflict with the report that the Lakers checked in with him and Paul about their interest in a deal, but all indications are that both the Lakers and their star never seriously entertained the possibility and no details of a potential deal were ever discussed between the two front offices.

As for his future beyond this season, James told reporters Sunday that while he hasn’t “mapped out” how many more seasons he’ll play, it’s “not that many.”

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