Utah Jazz Urged to Trade for Los Angeles Lakers Star LeBron James by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith

ESPN‘s hot-take artist Stephen A. Smith just did what he does and kicked the hornet’s nest. On a recent segment of First TakeSmith laid out why the Los Angeles Lakers should trade superstar LeBron James and pounded the table for the Utah Jazz to pick up the phone and explore that as a possibility.

“I’m calling Cleveland, I’m calling Miami … I’m calling Utah. Donovan Mitchell, you want out? D-Wade, little minority owner up in there — Utah. I’m calling Utah … [LeBron] doesn’t have a no-trade clause. They eradicated that. He might not want it but guess what? Unless he’s going to retire, you don’t make those calls anymore. You’ve got Portland. Damian Lillard — I’m making these calls. I’m taking all options. All I’m doing is throwing out teams for you because if I’m the Lakers, I know I ain’t going nowhere. What I’ve got to do is prevent from falling off the cliff entirely and completely stinking up the joint for years to come. Because the reality is, I can’t move [Russell Westbrook] in all likelihood. I’m going to try but I don’t think I can pull it off. Anthony Davis, I can’t get equitable compensation because everybody is telling me he’s too injured so we’re not going to give up a piece for a dude that’s missed half the season two years in a row. So if I’ve got that, all I’ve got is LeBron. So LeBron’s greatness, his box-office appeal, if you’ve got a team that says, ‘I’m willing to sacrifice my youth, I’m willing to sacrifice picks to make a two-year run at a title?’ ”


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