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Phil Jackson wants to trade LeBron James, keep Russell Westbrook: columnist

Is the King’s time up in Lakers land?

After team owner Jeanie Buss confirmed to Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke that she’s leaning on former Lakers coach Phil Jackson to help the team bounce back after a disappointing season, Plaschke provided some insight into Jackson’s thinking about the roster.

“I’ve heard that Phil would like LeBron traded,” Plaschke said Tuesday on “The Doug Gottlieb Show.”

“I’ve just heard that but I’ve got nothing to back that up. No on-the-record stuff to back that up. I do know that Phil would like to keep [Russell] Westbrook and try to make that work with him.”

Plaschke also said he believes the Lakers would make it a requirement for the next head coach to make it work with Westbrook, who could be a challenging player to trade with one year and $47 million left on his contract.

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