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Despite trade interest from the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers, adamant about keeping LeBron James, were never close to a deal.

Speculation arises on James’ future, with suggestions that his desire to play with his son Bronny may influence team choices.

The Lakers’ potential to acquire a star ballhandler like Dejounte Murray or Zach LaVine, or even pursue All-Star players like Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell, or Kyrie Irving, could play a role in James’ decision to stay.