Miami Heat: What Recent LeBron James Rumors Could Mean For Future
It’s safe to say this season hasn’t gone as planned for LeBron James and the Lakers. While anything could happen in the playoffs, it’s also pretty safe to say this isn’t the year for LA to win their 18th franchise title.
Considering how much of a disaster the first half of the season was for the Lakers, many were surprised that they did not make any trades. Now that their woes have continued after the All-Star Break, some have already looked to the offseason to argue about what the Lakers should do to fix their roster in order to start winning again next season.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has argued that Anthony Davis should be traded due to his inability to stay healthy and remain on the court. On the other hand, Colin Cowherd of the Herd spurred a lot of controversy by suggesting that the Lakers should trade LeBron James.
What team did he suggest should trade for LeBron? The Miami Heat, of course.
The trade he suggested would send James to Miami in return for Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, and three first-round picks. There are a few things to be said about this trade.
First, a trio of LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo sounds amazing. There is no doubt that if this trade were to ever happen, the Miami Heat would remain contenders in the East as long as James continues to play at a high level.
Whenever a team has the chance to trade for a top-five player in the NBA, they should usually take that chance. As wonderful as it would be to see LeBron back in a Miami Heat uniform, there are several issues with this trade.
First of all, it is very unrealistic. Second, it doesn’t make sense for either side to make this trade, no matter what the situation is.
The recent success that the Lakers have had is because of LeBron. If they were to trade him away, they would trade away the only chance they have to win a championship in the near future.
Miami Heat and Lakers champion, NBA legend, and NBA analyst, Shaquille O’Neal, supports this viewpoint and goes as far as to say that the Lakers will never win again if they trade LeBron. Simultaneously, the Heat are having success with their young players and their depth.
It wouldn’t make too much sense for them to trade that away for an aging star, even if it is LeBron James. For now, a LeBron James trade seems out of the picture.
Is there another way LeBron James could return to the Miami Heat? Let’s look at another rumor that has recently surfaced.