Buss reportedly blamed James’ camp for leaked rumors.
Per Bleacher Report:
“The subject of moving James, however, was contemplated by the Lakers, a team source said, weeks before Van Gundy aired it. When rumors engulfed the team at the February trade deadline that it was willing to trade anyone other than James to acquire All-Star forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, James’ agent, Rich Paul, was widely accused of spreading those rumors because Davis is also one of his clients.”
Jeff Van Gundy says the Lakers should consider trading LeBron James in the off season:
“If I could trade him to the Clippers into cap space, which would give me a better chance to get Durant or Kawhi Leonard. Would I not do that? “
In the report, Bucher acknowledges that Paul is adamant he never leaked any information and that he reached out to Buss to make that clear. Obviously, that conversation paid off because LeBron is still a member of the Lakers.
Regardless, it’s been a tumultuous season in Los Angeles to say the least.