LeBron Injured as NBA Trade Deadline Looms
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James holds his ankle after going down with an injury during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks

The Los Angeles Lakers’ hopes of winning back-to-back NBA titles took a major hit over the weekend with LeBron James set to miss a month with an ankle injury.

The four-time NBA MVP went down in the LA Lakers’ 99-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, with his right ankle trapped under Solomon Hill in the second quarter.

James writhed in pain at the time but returned to the court and hit a three-pointer, before hobbling off again and not returning this time.

After the game, James tweeted: “Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates!

“I’m hurt inside and out right now. The road back from recovery begins now. Back soon like I never left.”

ESPN has reported that James will miss at least three weeks, but potentially a month, with the ankle injury coming at a crucial time as sides grapple for rankings ahead of the playoffs.

Further complicating the situation is the NBA Trade deadline comes on Thursday, with the Lakers potentially looking to bolster their ranks with Anthony Davis and now James unavailable.

There’s speculation on a few fronts of trades, including the Boston Celtics chasing Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon or Atlanta’s John Collins.

Victor Oladipo has been the subject of plenty of gossip lately, given the Houston Rockets’ struggles having wound up there as part of the James Harden trade earlier this year.

He has turned down an extension with the Rockets, with the Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons among those reportedly interested.

Kyle Lowry could be on the way out of the Toronto Raptors too and it appears the Heat are frontrunners given his close relationship with Jimmy Butler, while the Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers loom.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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