Rumors are circulating around the Lakers that owner Jeanie Buss actually considered trading LeBron James, and all because of her disdain for his friend and agent Rich Paul. According to longtime basketball writer Ric Bucher:
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.
To make the New Orleans trade experiment worse is Marc J. Spears of ESPN remarking that "there's no way Anthony Davis is coming here, through the Pelicans," adding "They're just not going to do it."