Which is why it drew attention when Perkins wondered aloud about LeBron demanding a trade from the Lakers back to the Cavaliers:
I wonder if Lebron James would consider demanding a trade back to Cleveland?! I mean the Cavs do have nice squad! Don’t mind me tho and Carry on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) December 22, 2021
But don’t connect those dots.
Shams Charania of The Athletic on The Pat McAfee Show:
I spoke to LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, and he said that talk in itself is just ridiculous, and it’s totally false. LeBron James isn’t leaving the Lakers. He’s going to be on the Lakers.
But LeBron also said he planned to finish his career with Cleveland then left at the next opportunity. So, never say never.
Still, this didn’t seem like Perkins planting a seed or floating a trial balloon or conveying inside information about LeBron. Rather, it just looked like a way of pointing out the Cavs (19-13) have been better than the Lakers (16-16) this season.