Lakers decide to sit LeBron James for the rest of the season

With the playoffs out of the question, the Los Angeles Lakers are making business decisions. The team announced Saturday that star LeBron James would sit out the rest of the season.

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The move was done to ensure James’ groin can fully heal.

As it became clear making the playoffs would be tough, the Lakers opted to rest James more frequently. With six games to go in the regular season, the Lakers decided there was no need to risk further injury to James.

The 34-year-old averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in his first season with the Lakers. He was limited to just 55 games due to a groin injury.

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Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) runs onto the court for the first time before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after being called for a foul during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers comes around a screen from Kyle Kuzma #0 during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks on during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23, Rajon Rondo #9, JaVale McGee #7 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk after a stop in play during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass in front of Will Barton #5 and Mason Plumlee #24 of the Denver Nuggets during a preseason game at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his foul during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) speaks to the media following the game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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James has three years left on his four-year, $153 million deal with the Lakers. If James can help the Lakers recruit another star, this might be the only time he misses the postseason as a member of the Lakers.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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