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Report: LeBron James ‘Sitting Out’ Remainder of the Lakers’ Season

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According to a statement from the team, the Lakers plan on resting LeBron James for the rest of the year.

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LeBron James is set to rest for the remainder of the Lakers’ season following a statement from the team. James, who arrived in Los Angeles via free agency last summer, appeared in only 55 games for the Lakers due to a groin injury suffered on Christmas Day.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski delivered the news on Saturday.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN also added a statement from the Lakers as the news surfaced. According to the statement, the decision to sideline LeBron is tied to his previous groin injury.

With a record of 34-42, the Lakers are eliminated from the Western Conference postseason race. James posted averages of 27.4 points and 8.3 assists in his first season in Los Angeles. The 34-year-old star is under contract with the Lakers through the 2020-21 season with a player option for the 2021-22 season.

The Trail Blazers will face the LeBron-less Lakers on April 9 before finishing the regular season against the Kings.