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LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Jared Dudley gauged Bradley Beal's desire for a trade

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 2022-04-12
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James, Davis and Dudley checked on Bradley Beal, gauging the All-Star guard’s desire about a trade. They knew the Lakers didn’t have the assets for Damian Lillard. They wondered about another run at All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry after the team failed to trade for him at the deadline in the winter.

Source: Dan Woike, Broderick Turner @ Los Angeles Times

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Kyle Goon @kylegoon

Ages ago, all the way back this morning, LeBron James talked about the problems of this season, his health status and his future with the Lakers: ocregister.com/2022/04/11/aft…11:36 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

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-Vogel is gone, do you have any issue with it?

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Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA

My All-NBA votes:

1st

C: Nikola Jokic

F: Giannis Antetokounmpo

F: Jayson Tatum

G: Luka Doncic

G: Devin Booker

2nd

C: Joel Embiid

F: Kevin Durant

F: LeBron James

G: Ja Morant

G: Steph Curry

3rd

C: Karl-Anthony Towns

F: Pascal Siakam

F: DeMar DeRozan

G: Trae Young

G: Chris Paul – 6:34 PM

StatMuse @statmuse

What’s a stat that sounds fake but is true?

We’ll start: LeBron averages 27/7/7 in his career despite never having a 27/7/7 game. – 5:48 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

Getting whiplash from Malik Monk sitting up here talking about how much the Lakers were behind him this year, his relationship with LeBron and AD and how they let him be himself. Very different vibe than a few minutes ago. – 5:23 PM

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When @Dan Woike mentions that LeBron and AD said many times throughout the year, “Let Russ be Russ,” Russell Westbrook immediately responds: “Yeah, but that wasn’t true. Let’s be honest.” – 5:06 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

The high point of L.A.’s 2021-22 season may have been Dec. 15 (16-13, 5th in West), when Reaves hit a game-winner at DAL. The next game, at MIN, AD hurt his knee, and from that point moving forward, he and LeBron would play only 7 games together for the rest of the season. – 4:42 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko

Nikola Jokic has led the @Denver Nuggets in total points, rebounds, and assists in each of the last five seasons.

No other player in NBA history has recorded more than three such seasons in a row:

5 – Jokic

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Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin

Rob Pelinka when asked about the possibility of LeBron James signing a contract extension: “I cant talk about his future contract status, but the feeling is that he loves being a Laker and sees this as a longterm home and that’s been made loud and clear.” – 3:39 PM

Eric Pincus @EricPincus

The CBA won’t allow the Lakers and LeBron to work an extension before August. That said, and as recent tampering penalties to other franchises would suggest, such conversations tend to happen before they’re technically legal. Lakers likely need a sense before offseason decisions – 3:33 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

Rob Pelinka on LeBron: “Every indication that we’ve received is he sees the Lakers as his home.” – 3:24 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on his outlook that LeBron James will retire as a Laker: “Every indication we’ve received is he sees the Lakers as his home.” – 3:24 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

Pelinka on LeBron: “He feels highly motivated to return next year and have another elite (season) … For him to play that way in Year 19 (2021-22) is jawdropping.” – 3:18 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on what the collaboration with LeBron James has been in the past and what he expects it to be in the summer: “At the end of the day I’m the one who leads the basketball department and will take ultimate accountability for whatever roster decisions are made.” – 3:17 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

Rob Pelinka says he’ll get input from LeBron and AD, but: “At the end of the day, the roster decisions ultimately fall on my shoulders.” – 3:15 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

Rob Pelinka says one of the Lakers’ primary goals is to be caretakers of LeBron James’ legacy and give him a chance to compete in each of his seasons. He says they’ll work with him this summer to get it right. – 3:14 PM

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Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA

How much longer does LeBron James want to keep playing?

“I don’t have a cap on how long I want to play. But I can still produce at a high level, as I showed this year.”

We know he wants to play with Bronny so that likely means he’ll play through 2024-25: basketballnews.com/stories/lebron…1:53 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James: “The front office is going to do whatever it takes to help this ball club become a better ball club, from top to bottom. If they ask me my opinion, I’ll give them my opinion. But at the end of the day, they’re going to make the decisions they feel is best.” – 1:28 PM

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LeBron James says he never considered chasing the scoring title once the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention, saying it would’ve been the “wackest thing ever.” basketballnews.com/stories/lebron…1:19 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob

wanted to reiterate my correct All-NBA selections, separate from the incorrect graphic during the show, just for clarity:

1st: Luka, Booker, Giannis, Embiid, Jokic

2nd: Curry, Ja, Tatum, KD, KAT

3rd: CP3, DeRozan, Siakam, LeBron, Bam

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Adi Joseph @AdiJoseph

A wild thing about Buddy Hield and Malcolm Brogdon is they are both older than Anthony Davis. – 1:03 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin

Aside from his ankle injury, LeBron James was asked whether missing out on the scoring title meant something to him:

“Once we were eliminated from playoff contention, there was nothing to talk about, think about,” he said. – 12:33 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron says going after a scoring title w/o making the playoffs is “the most wackest thing ever.” – 12:33 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

LeBron said there was no consideration of him returning to play just to qualify for the scoring title, due to his ankle injury. Were he healthy, he’d have played.

“I’m not out there just to be playing meaningless games to win the scoring title.” – 12:33 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner

“I have not been told. I’ve seen the reports like everybody else has,” LeBron James on reports that Frank Vogel has been fired as Lakers coach. – 12:30 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin

LeBron James when asked if he has a problem with the way Frank Vogel found out he was fired: “….I can only control what I can control.” – 12:30 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers

LeBron says he has not been informed whether or not Frank Vogel has been fired. AK – 12:29 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

LeBron says he has not been officially told that Frank Vogel has been fired. – 12:29 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron James: “I have not been told” whether Frank Vogel has been fired. – 12:29 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James asked if he’s bothered with the way the Lakers handled Frank Vogel’s firing: “I can only control what I can control.” LeBron added that he hasn’t been told directly that Vogel has been let go. – 12:29 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin

LeBron James when asked if he, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook just need more time together: “That’s not my decision.” – 12:28 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James on if the Lakers should keep himself, AD and Westbrook as a trio: “That’s not my decision.” LeBron called it a “front office decision.” – 12:27 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James on dealing with injuries throughout his four-year Lakers tenure: “It’s been some freak accidents.” – 12:26 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron claims he was the “MVP of the season” last year before he sprained his ankle. – 12:25 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron says the reason the BIG 3 didn’t work this season is “because we weren’t on the damn floor together.”

21 games of LeBron + AD + Westbrook. – 12:24 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin

LeBron James: “The reason we weren’t very good together? We weren’t on the damn floor together.” – 12:24 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James sums up his fit with Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook: “The reason we were not very good together is we weren’t on the damn floor together. That’s the No. 1 damn thing.” – 12:24 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron James says the MRI on his left ankle confirmed that he would not require surgery or any injections to it to repair it. He said he made the ankle worse by playing in the second New Orleans game on it and will need to stay off it for the next 4-6 weeks to let it recover – 12:24 PM

Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

LeBron James said he would need to stay off his sprained ankle for another 4-6 weeks after getting an MRI last week.

No surgery required, but he acknowledged he probably shouldn’t have played vs. New Orleans two weeks ago. – 12:23 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin

LeBron James said the MRI revealed that there’s no surgery required for his ankle. He said he needs to stay off it for 4-6 weeks. He added that he shouldn’t have played against NO and likely made it worse. – 12:23 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron also says he’s got some doctor appts lined up to take a look at his knee and groin. – 12:23 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

LeBron said he’ll have to stay off of his left ankle for the next 4-6 weeks, but no surgery or injections. He shouldn’t have played against New Orleans, he said, and he made it worse, but he wanted to see if the Lakers could make a push. – 12:23 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha

LeBron James says he will need to stay off of his sprained left ankle for 4-6 weeks. – 12:23 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

LeBron on his ankle after an MRI: “There’s no surgery required, no injections, but I’m going to have to stay off it for 4 to 6 weeks to let it recover.”

He said he shouldn’t have played in the New Orleans game, which made it worse. But: “I’ll make a full recovery.” – 12:22 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner

LeBron James said he’ll have to stay off ankle 4-6 weeks after getting MRI on ankle. – 12:22 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James on his MRI on his left ankle: “There’s no surgery, no injections.” But he said he has to stay off of his ankle for next 4 to 6 weeks. – 12:22 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron says there’s “no surgery required” on his injured ankle after getting an MRI. – 12:22 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James on what the team needs to address most with its roster – offense, defense, getting younger? LeBron: “All three.” – 12:20 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

When asked what needs tweaking in the roster — offense, defense or getting younger, LeBron says, “all three.” – 12:18 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron James says this season is “not a failure” because the team worked together daily on trying to get better. – 12:18 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin

When LeBron James was asked what he wants to tweak in his game this off-season, he said, “I wanna get to the free throw line,” adding that he needs to learn how to “trick the refs.” – 12:17 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James on one of his goals next season: “I want to get to the free-throw line. I want to learn how to trick the refs.” – 12:16 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

LeBron emphasizes that if the Lakers’ front office asks his opinion, he’ll give it, but his main responsibility is being ready at the start of training camp to lead whoever the team is. – 12:16 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron on what he wants to work on this summer: “I want to get to the free-throw line. … I’ve got to figure it out.” – 12:16 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

LeBron: “The front office is going to do whatever it takes to make (this franchise) better. … it’s my job to make sure I’m ready at the start of training camp, ready to lead the team that’s on the floor, whoever that may be.” – 12:15 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron on upgrading the roster: “I think the front office is going to do whatever it takes” to make the team better moving forward. – 12:15 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

LeBron: “I don’t have a cap on how long I want to play.”

He said it depends upon health, but: “I can still produce at a high level, as I showed this year.” – 12:14 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron on how long he wants to play: “I don’t have a cap on how long I want to play. … But I can still produce at a high level. That I showed this year for sure.” – 12:14 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

LeBron remarked upon how frustrating the injuries and lack of continuity were this season, citing the franchise-record 41 different starting lineups that were used. – 12:13 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

LeBron said he came to the Lakers to win a championship, and did so in 2020, but that remains the goal:

“I want to do it again.” – 12:12 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron on winning a championship with the Lakers: “I want to do it again.” – 12:12 PM

Bill Oram @billoram

LeBron on wanting to win championships as a Laker: “I accomplished what I to accomplish and I’m still hungry for more … Also want to just change the narrative of how this franchise can compete at a high level again.” – 12:11 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron James on his four years in Los Angeles: “I came here to win a championship but I want to win more … I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish … but I want to do it again” – 12:11 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

LeBron said it’s natural to start thinking about the group for next season, how the pieces can best fit, looking for a “roster that can bring more wins,” no matter where he’s on the court most: “My personal goal is to be able to play any position on the floor.” – 12:11 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin

LeBron James on Frank Vogel’s firing: pic.twitter.com/X1q54TRzfR12:11 PM

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Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron on confidence in the Lakers rebounding: “I came here to win a championship and I want to win more.” – 12:11 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James: “I came here to win a championship. I came here to win more.” – 12:11 PM

Bill Oram @billoram

LeBron James said he has not yet had conversations about the contract extension he will be eligible for later this summer. – 12:10 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA

It seems a lot of people think Pat Bev will check Paul George. He won’t

Jarred Vanderbilt will be the primary matchup on PG, because he always takes big ball-handlers (LeBron, Luka, etc). But Anthony Edwards will also get a lot of work on him. Switches, sloppy cross matches, etc pic.twitter.com/I5rBleAiLM12:10 PM

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron James: “I respect Frank as a coach and as a man … He’s a man who gives everything to the game … At the end of the day I don’t know what’s going to happen with Frank and him being here, but I have nothing but respect for him” – 12:10 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

LeBron on Westbrook: “One thing about Russ that I love and I will always love is just his competitive spirit and what he brings to the game every night.” Says it’s not up to him to make decisions about the roster, but he’s loved being Russ’ teammate. – 12:10 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron on Frank Vogel: “I respect Frank as a coach and as a man. … I have nothing but respect for him.” – 12:10 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner

“I respect Frank as a coach,” LeBron James said. – 12:10 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron James says that the collective bargaining agreement has not allowed him and Rich Paul to discuss a contract extension for him with Rob Pelinka and the Lakers yet. He says when those conversations are allowed to occur by the CBA, they will be had. – 12:09 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa

Lebron on his time with Westbrook…”I love being a teammate with Russ, that’s just the way it is…” – 12:09 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James on if he can envision playing with Russell Westbrook again next season: “I’m not here to make decisions for the front office and that nature. But I loved being teammates with Russ.” – 12:09 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron on Russell Westbrook partnership next year: “I don’t put any expectations on anything. … I love being a teammate with Russ. That’s just the way it is.” – 12:09 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin

LeBron James when asked if he intends to sign a contract extension with the Lakers pic.twitter.com/ff1yBOHYKF12:09 PM

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Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James on if he plans to sign an extension with the Lakers yet: “Myself and Rich can’t even begin to talk to Rob and the front office because of the collective bargaining agreement. When we get to that point, we’ll see.” – 12:08 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron James on being eligible for an extension with the Lakers: “The conversation hasn’t been talked about. … When we get to that point, we’ll see.” – 12:08 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James: “My personal goal is to be able to play at any position on the floor.” – 12:07 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

LeBron James is beginning his exit interview. Said it’s human nature to start thinking ahead to next season and think about how the Lakers can build a roster that wins more: “We definitely want to be better.” – 12:06 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

LeBron James about to start his exit interview pic.twitter.com/TDmOQ3F0Uv12:06 PM

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Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

LeBron’s presser begins… pic.twitter.com/IAx5Y4EMT112:06 PM

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Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA

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Tommy Beer @TommyBeer

Over NY’s final five games,

Obi Toppin averaged:

27.2 points,

6.2 rebounds,

3.8 made treys.

The only other players to average more than 27 points and six rebs in April were Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Pascal Siakam & Kevin Durant

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Anthony Edwards @theantedwards_

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Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS

Looking at the Wizards’ biggest offseason questions and needs, a list that begins with Bradley Beal’s future: nbcsports.com/washington/wiz…9:50 AM

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA

Lakers’ Anthony Davis still believes he and LeBron James can be the foundation of a championship team

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Justin Kubatko @jkubatko

Victor Oladipo last night:

✅ 40 PTS

✅ 10 REB

✅ 7 AST

Oladipo is just the third player in @Miami Heat history to record at least 40p/10r/5a in a regular season game.

He joins Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, each of whom did so three times. pic.twitter.com/EmjF8E5wOV9:11 AM

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Ava Wallace @avarwallace

Thomas Bryant joins KCP in street clothes on the bench today in Charlotte — Bryant is out with lower back tightness, per the team’s injury report.

KCP, Porzingis, Kuzma, Beal and Bryant aren’t playing today. – 3:43 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins

Deni Avdija is on track to play in his 82nd game of the season when the Wizards play their season finale this afternoon. He would become the first Wizards player to play in all of the team’s games in a regular season since Bradley Beal played in all 82 in 2018-19. – 12:37 PM

Bradley Beal @RealDealBeal23

Praise Him!! – 11:04 AM

The 76ers did their due diligence with the Wizards on Beal throughout the season, but many across the NBA say it was much more than that. Multiple sources said the 76ers worked during the season on a potential trade. Beal faced a decision on whether to force a trade out of Washington and Philadelphia had prominent interest at the deadline if he was cleared to play from his wrist injury. The 76ers’ package would have been centered around Simmons and draft picks, sources said. Several teams beyond Philadelphia would have engaged should the Wizards have opened conversations, but that never happened. Beal ultimately did not request a trade, and underwent season-ending wrist surgery on Feb. 10, the day of the deadline. -via The Athletic / March 21, 2022

However, the Heat are seen as a legitimate suitor for Beal should he elect to seek a new home, multiple sources said. The Heat have a veteran, championship-ready core in Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry, Victor Oladipo and P.J. Tucker, as well as talented young players in Tyler Herro, Max Strus and Caleb Martin. Miami would need to complete a sign-and-trade to acquire Beal. Overall, teams will continue to keep an eye on the Heat as a legitimate threat to add talent in the years to come. -via The Athletic / March 21, 2022

Beal said he’s leaning toward re-signing with Washington. But former NBA player Andrew Bogut says otherwise. Bogut on his “Rogue Bogues” podcast: I’ve heard a pretty big rumor … from some people that are pretty close to the situation in the NBA: Big three to Philly. Brad Beal is trying to get to Philadelphia in the offseason to team up with Harden and Embiid. Philly’s desperate, obviously, to try to get off Harris, anyway. They have been for a while. And I think they’re even more desperate now to free up that cap space somehow. It will most likely have to be a sign-and-trade with Philly. But don’t be surprised if a big three forms in Philly. That’s the word on the street. -via NBC Sports / March 9, 2022

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