LeBron James trade destination rankings: Phoenix Suns ranked No. 1 trade fit for NBA star

What would LeBron James look like in a Phoenix Suns uniform? An NBA writer lists Phoenix as the top potential candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers superstar in a trade.
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If the Phoenix Suns don't acquire Kevin Durant in a deal, they have another option of signing another NBA superstar, according to an NBA insider.
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor ranked the best for the NBA star should he "get a wandering eye" and seek a trade, and the Suns landed No. 1 on the list.
Of James' potential fit in Phoenix, O'Connor wrote: "LeBron is BFFs with Chris Paul and old friends with James Jones. The Suns want Durant. Wouldn't they want LeBron too? Phoenix is ​​a great city in its own right, Arizona has lower taxes than California, and it's a short flight from Los Angeles. LeBron would be accused of riding coattails, but the Suns lagged in 2020-21, looked beatable in 2021-22 and will be aging a bit in 2022-23."
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O'Connor ranked the New York Knicks #2 on his list of Lakers stars, with the Portland Trail Blazers at #3 and the Cleveland Cavaliers at #4.
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The Miami Heat finished fifth, followed by the Golden State Warriors, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Atlanta Hawks.
The Philadelphia 76ers came in at number 9 on the list, which included nine teams.
O'Connor wrote that trading James could be "mutually beneficial" for the Lakers and the player.
"A return could be huge for LeBron, albeit less than what the Nets could get for KD given that James is on an expiring contract while Durant has four years left of an aging LeBron with short-term deals and an injury-prone AD," he wrote "I don't see the Lakers being the team that decides to trade LeBron on their own. It feels like LeBron has to push it and only then would the Lakers try to get everything for him like the Nets are at Durant. But if GM Rob Pelinka and team president Jeanie Buss agree that there is no road to a title with LeBron and feel threatened that he might leave, then it could be mutually beneficial."
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Is LeBron James trading with the Suns?
Dreaming of James in a Suns uniform? Heavy.com's Austin Boyd explained why he believes it would never happen, even though it makes "a lot of sense".
He wrote, "The Suns make a lot of sense for LeBron. He would be able to play at a championship contender with his close friend Chris Paul. Paul, LeBron and Devin Booker would form a wild trio. Deandre Ayton is there too, but he would likely have to be moved in a LeBron trade. Adding the future Hall of Famers would easily make the Suns title favorites next season, and maybe for a few more. From the Lakers' perspective, selling LeBron to the Suns makes no sense. They "already pledged their future for LeBron, so there's no point in selling him now unless they get a great offer. Also, the Suns and the Lakers are rivals who share a line. Owner Jeanie Buss can Don't love the idea of ​​LeBron being so close to Los Angeles when he's traded Anything is possible, but the Lakers would probably look at other teams if they traded LeBron.
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