While this will disappoint trade-machine enthusiasts, no, the Lakers should not move James.
At age 34, he still put up the highest per-36-minute scoring average (28.0 points) and rebound mark (8.6) of his career while also posting the second-highest assist average (8.4) in his 16 seasons.
After a run of 13 straight postseasons and eight consecutive Finals, James finally has a chance to rest.
Coming into the 2018-19 season, James played in all 82 regular-season games, with 22 extra tacked on in the playoffs. In those 104 contests, he logged a league-high 3,948 minutes of court time. This was following a summer where he received just 108 days off from the end of the 2018 Finals to the opening day of Lakers training camp.
Now, James will have 178 days off between his last regular-season contest March 29 and the likely start of Lakers camp Sept. 24. That’s almost an extra two-and-a-half months.
He’s also coming off a season where he logged the fewest number of total games (55) and minutes (1,937) since his senior year of high school in 2002-03. That’s nearly half the number of games and fewer than half the total minutes of the season before.
What does a rested James even look like? The rest of the NBA shouldn’t want to find out.
REF: GREG SWARTZ. bleacherreport.com