Ripping a terrible trade idea that would send LeBron James to the Warriors

There’s no way LeBron James will be traded to the Golden State Warriors. 

Sometimes, you just need to step away from the microphone or the keyboard. Apparently, even the best of the best refuse to take such advice. The most latest example of that is national radio host Colin Cowherd. Shortly after the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated in the playoffs at the hands of the Denver Nuggets, he had one terrible trade idea centered around LeBron James.

Here is the outline of the trade that Cowherd floated on his daily national radio show:

Lakers Get
Andrew Wiggins
Jonathan Kuminga
Jordan Poole
Warriors Get
LeBron James

Quite frankly, I don’t even know where to start with this one. But let’s try.

For one, LeBron James joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green in Golden State is some second-level NBA 2K type of scenario. In fact, I’m not even sure the Lakers would be interested in this deal in a hypothetical NBA 2K world.

I think Wiggins’ importance to the Warriors is completely overlooked and undervalued with this trade idea but sure, why wouldn’t the Warriors want LeBron on the roster? I suppose it “works” from their point of view. And why wouldn’t LeBron want to play for the Warriors at this point in his career? I guess he would theoretically have a better chance to tack on another title or two before he retires.

Plus, there was that random report that suggest there would be mutual interest between LeBron and the Warriors. Even then, the fit would take a bit of an adjustment, especially from a roster perspective.

But where this becomes even worse is when you look at it from the Lakers’ perspective.

In a world where the Lakers were to trade LeBron, I’m not sure they would want to take on the contract of Wiggins and the “young package” of Kuminga and Poole leaves a lot to be desired.

Kuminga hasn’t even proven to be a legit rotation player in the league yet and Poole is coming off a postseason run in which he completely tanked his trade value. But, sure, that would be good enough (without first-round picks) to land LeBron James.

The Lakers aren’t trading LeBron James. It’s not happening. At least not right now. Even if it were, it would not be for Wiggins, Poole, and Kuminga (no disrespect to either of those players). Let’s not get crazy now.