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Getty The L.A. Lakers considered trading LeBron James according to reports. 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.

Paul denied that he was the source and when Buss let Paul know that she was considering trading James, he called her to "clear the air", per Bleacher Report.

Andre Ingram made his debut in the National Basketball Association as a 32-year-old rookie last year.

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"This won't be the last time I'll be in the postseason, that's for sure". "A first-round pick and a good young player. But right now, it's not the hand I was dealt, so you play the hand that you were dealt until the dealer shuffles the cards and you're dealt another hand and can do that". It is hard to fathom that a team would not give up more than that to bring a superstar of his caliber to their market. You talk to the G League coaches, whenever they need him, he's ready to play. Last summer, Ball stayed off an injured knee to let it heal, only to have to undergo surgery later to fix a torn meniscus, preventing him from working on his game during the offseason.

The Lakers are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoff race.

The struggles the Lakers have had this year are only part of it. LeBron is also 34, and he missed 17 games due to a groin injury.

Now the Lakers are dealing with another rash of injuries, as Lonzo Ball remains out because of a sprained ankle/bone bruise, Brandon Ingram was shut down for the remainder of the season, Tyson Chandler is bothered by a neck issue and Lance Stephenson is suffering from a sprained toe. Kyle Kuzma (ankle) has missed the last two games but was a full participant in practice on Monday, and the Lakers will see how Kuzma is feeling before the Bulls game.