Ranking the Los Angeles Lakers' top 6 trade assets for 2024-25

As the Lakers look to extend their championship window, these are the top assets the team has to work with.
Jarred Vanderbilt, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
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2. LeBron James

This one should be plainly obvious. LeBron James is still clearly one of the biggest bargaining chips the Lakers have for plenty of reasons. Back in the day, let's just say in 2013 when he had arguably the greatest season of his career, LeBron was beyond the most valuable asset in the entire league. Obviously, any team in the association would have traded their coach, their entire roster and every asset they had to acquire the services of the best player in the game at the time.

Now, things may be a little different. But when you at any point had the kind of pull LeBron had at his peak, you will never truly be without value. Sure, no team would give up five first-round picks and their best young player for James anymore. Realistically, he will be playing two more seasons in this league at the absolute most, and he can not drag any team to the Finals like he once could do.

But having LeBron James as part of your franchise is still an incredible business investment, if nothing else. Any and every team will still be interested in the prospect of acquiring him for the right price given his continued on-court production and the inevitable media coverage he will bring any organization.