When the Los Angeles Lakers were struggling throughout the first half of the season, there was constant chatter surrounding their roster and a perceived need to make some trades.

Apparently, that chatter wasn’t confined to social media, either. As according to a Western Conference GM, who spoke with Heavy on Sports Sean Deveney under the condition of anonymity, both LeBron James and Jeanie Buss were going head-to-head behind the scenes over what moves the Lakers should make.

It almost feels like Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss are punishing LeBron James for the Russell Westbrook trade! pic.twitter.com/TskTLNeHbq

— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) January 20, 2023

“They were really not going to trade any of their draft picks, the 2027 or the 2029 pick, that was the order,” The GM said,” And it set up a sort-of Jeanie Buss vs. LeBron and other players situation, where the players are saying, give away these picks for Bojan Bogdanovic and the front office is saying, you guys can hardly finish 10th as it is, why are we going to sacrifice the rest of our future?

But you have to give Pelinka credit because he found the middle way, he brought in some impact players who are still in their 20s. He could sell it to LeBron as, hey, we upgraded the talent, which they did. And he could sell it to Jeanie as, hey, we are adding guys who are better than anyone we’d probably get in 2027. Rob has made a lot of mistakes there, but the deadline was a win for him.”

Eventually, the Lakers did opt to make some deals at (and around) the February 9 trade deadline, bringing in Rui Hachimura, Jarred Vanderbilt, Malik Beasley, and D’Angelo Russell to help add some versatility to their rotation.

LeBron James Accused of Using Performance Enhancers

In a recent episode of the Flagrant 2 podcast, UFC legend Chael Sonnen made the shocking claim that LeBron uses a performance-enhancing drug known as EPO, with both he and the Lakers superstar ‘sharing a drug guy.’

Chael Sonnen claims Lebron James takes PEDs. “We have the same drug guy, I know exactly what he takes”.

( via Flagrant 2 podcast) pic.twitter.com/EDnCHatxhX

— Jo (@MavsStan41) March 8, 2023

“If the world understood what LeBron did. Like other basketball players will hear what LeBron does go, ‘yeah, but that …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


Lakers’ LeBron James & Jeanie Buss Went Head-To-Head At Trade Deadline: Sources

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