Proposed NBA Trade Sends Lakers LeBron To Warriors For Former No. 1 Pick

LeBron James is planning his future in the NBA and his agent, Rich Paul, didn’t share too many details on his next move. He has a player option to consider and LeBron’s decision could change the entire game plan. According to recent reports, the Lakers could send LeBron to the Golden State Warriors. Is this scenario even possible?

Greg Swartz from Bleacher Report discussed several trade scenarios and “dream trade targets” for NBA teams. He believes that LeBron could actually be an ideal target for the Warriors.

To make this happen, LeBron will have to opt out of his deal. The Lakers would get Jonathan Kuminga, Andrew Wiggins, Gary Payton II, and Kevin Looney. The Warriors are getting the king of basketball.

“The Golden State Warriors obviously have interest in trading for LeBron James, as the franchise called the Los Angeles Lakers about a potential deal before the 2024 deadline,” Swartz detailed in a June 3, 2024 story titled, “Dream Trade Targets for Every NBA Team.” “The Lakers ultimately refused, but owner Jeanie Buss did reach out to James’ agent Rich Paul to gauge his interest, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

“After a disappointing first-round exit, would James be more open to joining Stephen Curry and Draymond Green in Golden State? James would need to pick up his $51.4 million player option to execute a trade,” Swartz added.

“… Seeing James in a Warriors uniform may feel wrong, but combining him and Curry before both of their historic careers end would make for beautiful basketball.”

Warriors want LeBron

It’s interesting to note that the Warriors have already considered making a move for LeBron. Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne from ESPN confirmed the story. They did note that LeBron turned down this scenario and the Lakers sent a similar message.

“Over a clandestine 24-hour window prior to the trade deadline Thursday that included owner-to-owner conversations, the Golden State Warriors made an unsuccessful bid to convince the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James to consider a trade to pair him with longtime rival Stephen Curry, sources told ESPN,” Wojnarowski and Shelburne wrote in a February 14 article titled, “Sources: Warriors made bid for LeBron James at trade deadline.”