Lamar Odom #7, Kobe Bryant #24 and Trevor Ariza #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers
Lamar Odom knows what it takes to win an NBA title, having copped two NBA rings alongside the late Kobe Bryant. Getty Images | Jeff Gross


  • Lamar Odom feels that the Lakers should trade away LeBron James
  • Teams are likely to hold off trading for James due to several factors
  • The Lakers need more supporting players to back James and other stars

The Los Angeles Lakers face a grim 2022-23 NBA season despite having one of the best players on the team in LeBron James.

The caveat behind this is that James is aging as he will be turning 38 years old next month, but the 18-time All-Star has shown that he can still dominate and compete against younger NBA stars.

But unless the Lakers can back him up with players who can contribute on both ends, it is hard to fathom the purple and gold contending for the Larry O'Brien title.

A former player who knows what it takes to win games and an NBA title is Lamar Odom.

Having won two NBA titles alongside the late Kobe Bryant, the 43-year-old shared his thoughts on the predicament of the Lakers on "The LADE Show."

"If you trade LeBron, you're doing more than rebuilding," Odom said. "If you did, you're probably putting yourself right back into contention. You can get half a team. You're picking two or three players that [have] been playing together already."

However, the 2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award winner added that James is undoubtedly in a class, referring to him as "God James."

As to trading James, it would be hard to envision any NBA team taking the four-time champion in.

Aside from his age, there is the money owed to James.

James is set to earn $44.5 million this season, another $46.9 million next year, and $50.7 million in the 2024-25 season if he exercises his player option.

The multiple league MVP has also indicated some manifestation of slowing down and has been bugged by injuries as of late.

Given these facts, no NBA franchise may want to risk at this point of the 2022-23 season.

The Lakers do need bench support.

Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook are doing their part, but the supporting cast is significantly lacking.

Austin Reaves, Lonnie Walker IV and Troy Brown Jr. are trying to step up, but nothing has noticeably come after them.

Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant could be returning soon. But even if both do, head coach Darvin Ham needs to get something more out of them if the Lakers are to prevent finishing another disastrous season.

LeBron James
No NBA team may want to trade for LeBron James at this point given the amount of money owed to the four-time NBA champion. Harry How/Getty Images